liable meaning

liable meaning
If you drive into someone’s fence, you’ll probably be held liable — legally responsible — for fixing it. Liable can also mean “likely,” usually with something unpleasant: “If you don’t brush your teeth, they’re liable to fall out.”

When liable refers to legal responsibility, it’s used with “for”: “You’re liable for the court costs” (meaning you have to pay them). When liable means “likely,” it’s with “to”: “If you build your house on that cliff, it’s liable to fall into the river,” or “That part of town is liable to mudslides.” Don’t confuse liable with libel, which is a legal term for slander, or saying something false and damaging about someone.

 

Definitions of liable
  1. adjective

    subject to legal action

    liable to criminal charges”
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    nonexempt

     

    (of persons) not exempt from an obligation or liability
  2. adjective

    held legally responsible

    “men between the ages of 18 and 35 were
    liable for military service”
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    responsible

     

    worthy of or requiring responsibility or trust; or held accountable
  3. adjective

    (often followed by ‘to’) likely to be affected with

    liable to diabetes”
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    nonimmune, nonresistant, unresistant

     

    susceptible

     

    (often followed by `of’ or `to’) yielding readily to or capable of
  4. adjective

    at risk of or subject to experiencing something usually unpleasant

    “she is
    liable to forget”
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    apt

     

    likely

     

    has a good chance of being the case or of coming about

 

 
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