innuendo
in·nu·en·do /ˌi-nyü-'wen-dō/ n: a parenthetical explanation of the text of a legal document; esp: an explanation in a complaint for defamation of the defamatory meaning of a statement by the defendant which is not defamatory on its face compare inducement

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

innuendo
I noun accusation, allusion, aside, aspersion, charge, connotation, denuntiatio, hint, implication, implied indication, imputation, incrimination, indication, indirect allusion, inference, insinuation, mention, nuntius, oblique allusion, overtone, reference, reflection, significatio, suggestion associated concepts: defamation, disparagement, libel, slander II index connotation, implication (inference), indication, insinuation, intimation, reference (allusion), referral, suggestion

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


innuendo
n.
A suggestive remark or hint; in a libel action, the part of the pleading in which the plaintiff explains the meaning of the allegedly libelous words.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


innuendo

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


innuendo
From Latin innuere, "to nod toward." In law it means an indirect hint. In defamation cases, defendants sometimes use innuendo when making a comment about the person suing. For example, if there is only one living ex-mayor, the statement "the former mayor is a crook" uses innuendo.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


innuendo
n. Latin
1 An indirect or suggestive remark, usually a disparagement of someone.
2 A section in a libel pleading explaining the plaintiff's construction of the defendant's allegedly libelous utterances.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

innuendo
n.
   from Latin innuere, "to nod toward." In law it means "an indirect hint." "Innuendo" is used in lawsuits for defamation (libel or slander), usually to show that the party suing was the person about whom the nasty statements were made or why the comments were defamatory. Example: "the former Mayor is a crook," and Joe Alabaster is the only living ex-Mayor, thus by innuendo Alabaster is the target of the statement; or "Joe Alabaster was paid $100,000 by the Hot Springs Water Company," when it was known that Hot Springs was bucking for a contract with the city. The innuendo is that Alabaster took a bribe.
   See also: defamation, libel, slander

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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