Liable meaning

līə-bəl
Legally obligated or responsible.

Liable to pay for damages; liable for negligence.

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Likely. Often used with reference to an unfavorable outcome.

People who are sleep deprived are liable to make mistakes.

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The definition of liable is being likely to do or experience something or to having legal responsibility for something.

An example of liable is when it is likely to rain.

An example of liable is a person who hits someone else with his car and he must pay damages or compensation for the damage he caused.

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Subject to undergoing or suffering something, especially something unpleasant. Used with to .

We did not use glass containers because they are liable to breakage.

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Legally bound or obligated, as to make good any loss or damage that occurs in a transaction; responsible.
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Likely or prone to have, suffer from, etc.; exposed to or subject to.

Liable to attacks of gout.

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Subject to the possibility of; likely (to do, have, get, etc. something unpleasant or unwanted)

Liable to cause hard feelings, liable to get worse.

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The surety is liable for the debt of his principal.

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Exposed to a certain contingency or casualty, more or less probable.
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(as predicate, with "to" and an infinitive) Likely.

Someone is liable to slip on your icy sidewalk.

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Origin of liable

  • Middle English probably from Old French lier to bind from Latin ligāre leig- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French lier (“to bind"), from Latin ligare (“to bind, to tie")

    From Wiktionary