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REPUTATION Definition & Legal Meaning

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A person’s credit, honor, character, good name. Injuries to one’s rep- utation, which is a personal right, are defamatory and malicious words, libels, and malicious indictments or prosecutions. Reputation of a person is the estimate in which he is held by the public in the place where he is known. Cooper v. Greeley, 1 Denio (N. Y.) 347. In the law of evidence, matters of public and general interest, such as the boundaries of counties or towns, rights of common, claims of highway, etc., are allowed to be proved by general reputation; e. g., by the declaration of deceased persons made ante litem motain, by old documents, etc., notwithstanding the general rule against sec- ondary evidence. Best Ev. 632.


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