Definition of liable in English:


Syllabification: li·a·ble
Pronunciation: /ˈlī(ə)b(ə)l


1Responsible by law; legally answerable: the supplier of goods or services can become liable for breach of contract in a variety of ways
More example sentences
  • Might the host ever be legally liable for that injury?
  • As a general principle, people are not legally liable for failing to act, so that a distinction should be drawn between causing death and failing to keep the patient alive.
  • A corporation is vicariously liable for strict liability offences to exactly the same extent as a natural person.
2Likely to do or to be something: patients were liable to faint if they stood up too suddenly
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  • Basic cable service is liable to cost hundreds of dollars per year.
  • This area is now open ground liable to be overtaken by weeds and wattles.
  • Some are clearly panicked by the experience and liable to rush their ascent.
likely, inclined, tending, disposed, apt, predisposed, prone, given
2.1 (liable to) Likely to experience (something undesirable): areas liable to flooding
exposed to, prone to, subject to, susceptible to, vulnerable to, in danger of, at risk of


late Middle English: perhaps from Anglo-Norman French, from French lier 'to bind', from Latin ligare.

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