public figure
public fig·ure n: an individual or entity that has acquired fame or notoriety or has participated in a particular public controversy see also limited purpose public figure compare public official
◇ A public figure must prove actual malice in order to prevail in a defamation action.

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

public figure
n.
A person who is famous or well-known in a community or in society in general, such as a famous athlete, actor, or politician.

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


public figure
A person of great public interest or familiarity, such as a government official, politician, celebrity, business leader, movie star, or sports hero. Incorrect harmful statements published about a public figure cannot be the basis of a lawsuit for defamation unless there is proof that the writer or publisher intentionally defamed the person with malice (hate).
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


public figure
n. A person who is famous or notorious or who has willingly become involved with a public issue or controversy,

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


public figure
A description applied in libel and slander actions, as well as in those alleging invasion of privacy, to anyone who has gained prominence in the community as a result of his or her name or exploits, whether willingly or unwillingly.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


public figure
A description applied in libel and slander actions, as well as in those alleging invasion of privacy, to anyone who has gained prominence in the community as a result of his or her name or exploits, whether willingly or unwillingly.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

public figure
n.
   in the law of defamation (libel and slander), a personage of great public interest or familiarity like a government official, politician, celebrity, business leader, movie star or sports hero. Incorrect harmful statements published about a public figure cannot be the basis of a lawsuit for defamation unless there is proof that the writer or publisher intentionally defamed the person with malice (hate).
   See also: defamation, libel, slander

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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