fair comment

fair comment
noun or fair criticism
: the legal privilege everyone has to criticize and comment on matters of public interest provided he states facts truly and without malice and expresses his opinion honestly and provided any criticism he makes imputes no corrupt or dishonorable motive not reasonably warranted by the facts notwithstanding that such criticism may be voiced in a style calculated to attract attention and to entertain and may involve some exaggeration, humor, or irony

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fair comment noun
Honest expression of one's views in criticism, not motivated by malice, and therefore not punishable as libel or slander
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Main Entry:fair

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fair comment spoken phrase
used for saying that you accept a statement or criticism
Thesaurus: ways of making or receiving criticism or blamehyponym to criticize, accuse or blamesynonym
Main entry: fair

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fair comment,
Law.
1. criticism that expresses one's honest opinion and does not maliciously distort facts.
2. the right to make such criticism: »

The defendants denied that the words complained of were defamatory of the plaintiffs and pleaded, inter alia, fair comment (London Times).


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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