Definitions for public figure

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. name, figure, public figure(noun)

    a well-known or notable person

    "they studied all the great names in the history of France"; "she is an important figure in modern music"


  1. public figure(Noun)

    A famous person whose life is the subject of public interest.


  1. Public figure

    In United States law, public figure is a term applied in the context of defamation actions as well as invasion of privacy. A public figure cannot base a sample on incorrect harmful statements unless there is proof that the writer or publisher acted with actual malice. The burden of proof in defamation actions is higher in the case of a public figure. The controlling precedent in the United States was set in 1964 by the United States Supreme Court in New York Times Co. v. Sullivan. It is considered a key decision in supporting the First Amendment and freedom of the press. A fairly high threshold of public activity is necessary to elevate people to public figure status. Typically, they must either be: ⁕a public figure, either a public official or any other person pervasively involved in public affairs, or ⁕a limited purpose public figure, meaning those who have "thrust themselves to the forefront of particular public controversies in order to influence the resolution of the issues involved." A "particularized determination" is required to decide whether a person is a limited purpose public figure, which can be variously interpreted.

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ty Clevenger:

    The public figure posted the photo on social media and it reflects poorly on the Agency.

  2. Jaycee Chan:

    As a public figure, this incident has had a negative impact on society, disappointed people who supported me, and caused losses for people who have worked with me.

  3. Tom Brady:

    Certainly I accept my role and responsibility as a public figure and a lot of it you take the good with the bad, dealing with different adversities in life, you just try to do the best you can do.

  4. Valicia Harmon:

    Ordinary persons would not have their medical records released after their death. But Amy Archer Gilligan was a convicted killer and is part of history with no surviving relatives, she is also a public figure, and when combined with the passage of time – her death plus 50 years – no one would be harmed.

  5. Avril Lavigne:

    Just because I'm a public figure, just because I'm an actress, does not mean that I asked for this, it does not mean that it comes with the territory. It's my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I can't believe that we even live in that kind of world.

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Translations for public figure

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • öffentliche Person, Person des öffentlichen Lebens, Persönlichkeit des öffentlichen LebensGerman
  • δημόσιο πρόσωποGreek
  • personaje públicoSpanish
  • henkilö, julkkisFinnish
  • հանրային անձArmenian
  • bekend persoon, publiek figuurDutch
  • offentlig personNorwegian
  • figura públicaPortuguese
  • общественный деятельRussian
  • 人士Chinese

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