Definition of liability in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌlīəˈbilədē/

noun (plural liabilities)

1The state of being responsible for something, especially by law: the partners accept unlimited liability for any risks they undertake
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  • She gave birth to a healthy child, and the respondents accepted liability for negligence.
  • The distinction between liability for acts and liability for omissions is well known.
  • There is no legal prohibition denying the Community the right to accept liability for private acts of its servants.
accountability, responsibility, legal responsibility, answerability;
blame, culpability, guilt, fault
1.1 (usually liabilities) A thing for which someone is responsible, especially a debt or financial obligation: valuing the company’s liabilities and assets
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  • For the other sectors, balance sheet data are limited to financial assets and liabilities.
  • We want to retire with the largest possible pot of assets and the least amount of liabilities.
  • This will include taking into account accrued liabilities and assets.
financial obligations, debts, arrears, dues
2 [usually in singular] A person or thing whose presence or behavior is likely to cause embarrassment or put one at a disadvantage: he has become a political liability
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  • One could expect that Junior's presence will become a liability once he spells out his plan.
  • When wildlife is perceived to be a danger and a liability, it compromises the very basis of conservation.
  • Girls would not be seen as a burden or a liability if they were guaranteed an equal right to inheritance and property.
hindrance, encumbrance, burden, handicap, nuisance, inconvenience;
obstacle, impediment, disadvantage, weakness, weak link, shortcoming;
millstone around one's neck, albatross, Achilles heel

Words that rhyme with liability

ability, agility, civility, debility, docility, edibility, facility, fertility, flexility, fragility, futility, gentility, hostility, humility, imbecility, infantility, juvenility, mobility, nihility, nobility, nubility, puerility, senility, servility, stability, sterility, tactility, tranquillity (US tranquility), usability, utility, versatility, viability, virility, volatility

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Syllabification: li·a·bil·i·ty

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