- 1Responsible by law; legally answerable: the credit-card company is liable for any breach of contractMore 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.
- 1.1 (liable to) Subject by law to: non-resident trustees are liable to the basic rate of taxMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2 [with infinitive] Likely to do or to be something: patients were liable to faint if they stood up too suddenlyMore example sentences
- 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.
late Middle English: perhaps from Anglo-Norman French, from French lier 'to bind', from Latin ligare.