actionable per se
Words actionable as defamatory, without allegation and proof of special damage, because their character as injurious to reputation is a matter of common knowledge. 33 Am J1st L & S § 5. According to some authorities, written or printed words may be actionable per se where, if merely spoken or uttered, they would not be actionable in the absence of pleading and proof of special damages. 33 Am J1st L&S §6. See negligence per se.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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  • actionable per se — n. Actions that do not require the allegation or proof of additional facts to constitute a cause of action nor any allegation or proof that damages were suffered. An example, in libel or slander, is a statement that obviously damages a person s… …   Law dictionary

  • words actionable per se — See libelous per se; slanderous per se …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • per se — 1 /pər sā, ˌper ; pər sē/ adv [Latin, by, of, or in itself] 1: inherently, strictly, or by operation of statute, constitutional provision or doctrine, or case law the transaction was illegal per se see also negligence per se at negligence; …   Law dictionary

  • per se — /par siy/°sey/ By itself; in itself; taken alone; by means of itself; through itself; inherently; in isolation; unconnected with other matters; simply as such; in its own nature without reference to its relation. In law of defamation, certain… …   Black's law dictionary

  • libelous per se — /laybbs par siy/ A publication is libelous per se when the words are of such a character that an action may be brought upon them without the necessity of showing any special damage, the imputation being such that the law will presume that any one …   Black's law dictionary

  • libelous per se — /laybbs par siy/ A publication is libelous per se when the words are of such a character that an action may be brought upon them without the necessity of showing any special damage, the imputation being such that the law will presume that any one …   Black's law dictionary

  • libel per se — / pər sē, per sā/ n: libel that is actionable without the plaintiff introducing additional facts to show defamation or claiming special damages Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. libel per se …   Law dictionary

  • libelous per se — Written or printed words of such kind that when applied to a person they will necessarily cause injury to him in his personal, social, official, or business relations of life, so that legal injury may be presumed or implied from the bare fact of… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • slanderous per se — Spoken words of such nature as to be presumed by law actually and necessarily to damage the person of and concerning whom they are spoken, so as to be actionable without extrinsic proof of their injurious character. Elkins v Roberts (Ky) 242 SW2d …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • actionable — That for which an action will lie, furnishing legal ground for an action. See cause of action justiciable controversy See also @ actionable fraud Deception practiced in order to induce another to part with property or surrender some legal right.… …   Black's law dictionary

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