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 reputation (such as "Mr. Smith is a sex offender") that does not require any reference to circumstances or facts to understand its defamatory meaning. In such actions, the plaintiff does not have to prove that he suffered any damages in order to have a cause of action.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

actionable per se
Legally sufficient to support a lawsuit in itself.

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

actionable per se
Legally sufficient to support a lawsuit in itself.

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  • 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… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • actionable per quod — n. Actions that require the allegation and proof of additional facts. For example, in libel or slander, the statement in question may not appear defamatory on its face (such as Mr. Smith is a member of a particular club ), so the plaintiff has to …   Law dictionary

  • actionable per quod — Words or epithets spoken of or concerning the plaintiff which are not so defamatory in a legal aspect that damage will be presumed from their utterance or publication, so that an action will not lie upon the words in the absence of pleading and… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • words actionable per quod — See libelous per quod; slanderous per quod …   Ballentine'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

  • 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

  • per quod — /par kwod/ Whereby. When the declaration in an action of tort, after stating the acts complained of, goes on to allege the consequences of those acts as a ground of special damage to the plaintiff, the recital of such consequences is prefaced by… …   Black's 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

  • actionable defamation — See actionable per quod; actionable per se; libel; slander …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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