What does public figure mean?

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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of public figure in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of public figure in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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. Desiree Lowry:

    When I'm listening and she says, 'I don't like the camera,' I say that is a big problem, miss Puerto Rico is a public figure and part of your job is to be in front of the camera.

  4. 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.

  5. Fabiana Perez:

    As a public figure, I should be setting a better example. Today, I ask for forgiveness and want to show that this will not happen again. I understand there will be more backlash and I’m leaving everything in God’s hands.

Images & Illustrations of public figure

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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 público, figura públicaSpanish
  • شخص عمومیPersian
  • henkilö, julkkisFinnish
  • հանրային անձArmenian
  • bekend persoon, publiek figuurDutch
  • offentlig personNorwegian
  • figura públicaPortuguese
  • общественный деятельRussian
  • 人士Chinese

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