Definition of liable in English:

liable

Line breaks: li¦able
Pronunciation: /ˈlʌɪəb(ə)l
 
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adjective

[predic.]
  • 1Responsible by law; legally answerable: the credit-card company is liable for any breach of contract
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1 (liable to) Subject by law to: non-resident trustees are liable to the basic rate of tax
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    • Can we elect to have the whole of the income assessed to tax on my wife, who is only liable to basic rate tax?
    • Unlicensed fireworks displays, even on private property, are illegal and may render the participants liable to prosecution.
    • Failure to comply with any of those provisions will render building workers liable to imprisonment.

Origin

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

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