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Defamation is the act of harming the reputation of another by making a false statement to another person. The act of defamation may be through a false written or oral statement.

Libel is the legal term for a written defamatory statement; slander is the legal term for an oral statement.

In order for a statement to be defamatory it must be both false and communicated. If the statement is true, it does not harm the person's reputation, so

An example of libel would be someone writing that another person is a thief. If the written statement is not true, the writer can be sued for libel. An example of slander is someone telling others that Lari is a thief. If the statement is not true, the speaker can be sued for slander.

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