What does liable mean?

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ˈlaɪ ə bəlli·able

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. apt(p), liable(p)adjective

    at risk of or subject to experiencing something usually unpleasant

    "he is apt to lose"; "she is liable to forget"

  2. liable(p)adjective

    subject to legal action

    "liable to criminal charges"

  3. liable(p), nonimmune, nonresistant, unresistantadjective

    (often followed by `to') likely to be affected with

    "liable to diabetes"

  4. liableadjective

    held legally responsible

    "men between the ages of 18 and 35 were liable for military service"


  1. liableadjective

    Bound or obliged in law or equity; responsible; answerable.

    The surety is liable for the debt of his principal.

  2. liableadjective

    Exposed to a certain contingency or casualty, more or less probable.

  3. liableadjective


    Someone is liable to slip on your icy sidewalk.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Liablenoun

    Obnoxious; not exempt; subject.

    Etymology: liable, from lier, old French.

    But what is strength without a double share
    Of wisdom? vast, unwieldy, burthensome,
    Proudly secure, yet liable to fall
    By weakest subtleties. John Milton, Agonistes.

    The English boast of Edmund Spenser and John Milton, who neither of them wanted genius or learning; and yet both of them are liable to many censures. John Dryden, Juvenal.

    This, or any other scheme, coming from a private hand, might be liable to many defects. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Liableverb

    bound or obliged in law or equity; responsible; answerable; as, the surety is liable for the debt of his principal

  2. Liableverb

    exposed to a certain contingency or casualty, more or less probable; -- with to and an infinitive or noun; as, liable to slip; liable to accident

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Liable

    lī′a-bl, adj. able to be bound or obliged: responsible: tending to: subject: (Shak.) exposed: suitable.—ns. Liabil′ity, state of being liable: that for which one is liable, an obligation, debt, &c.; Lī′ableness, state of being liable.—Employers' Liability Act, an enactment (1880) making employers answerable to their servants for the negligence of those to whom they have delegated their authority; Limited liability, a principle of modern statute law which attempts to limit the responsibilities of shareholders in a partnership, joint-stock company, &c., by the extent of their personal interest therein. [Fr. lier—L. ligāre, to bind.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'liable' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4063

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'liable' in Adjectives Frequency: #551

Anagrams for liable »

  1. labile

  2. alible

  3. Biella

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of liable in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of liable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of liable in a Sentence

  1. Oleksandr Pysaruk:

    If you're liable on the savings but the loans don't get repaid, you've got a capital hole.

  2. Sarah Bernhardt:

    All power in human hands is liable to be abused.

  3. James Lee of Lee Murphy:

    None of the defective product manufacturers offer assistance for removal or revision of their defective products when it fails, even today, with multiple verdicts finding these mesh products defective and the manufacturers liable, not one of the mesh defendants have helped any of the women absent a lawsuit and a settlement.

  4. Yaakov Amidror:

    In Syria, there is liable to be a clash tomorrow morning that neither we nor the Russians want.

  5. Mark Brnovich:

    Tucson’s vaccine mandate is illegal, and the city could be held liable for attempting to force employees to take it against their beliefs, cOVID-19 vaccinations should be a choice, not a government mandate.

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  • яуаплыBashkir
  • responsable, subjecteCatalan, Valencian
  • neigend, haftpflichtig, fehlbar, unterworfen, haftend, haftbarGerman
  • responsableSpanish
  • responsableFrench
  • aansprakelijk, verantwoordelijkDutch
  • podatnyPolish
  • responsável, passívelPortuguese
  • răspunzător, pasibil, responsabilRomanian
  • ответственный, уязвимый, обязанный, склонный, подверженныйRussian
  • รับผิดชอบThai

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    an unincorporated business owned by a single person who is responsible for its liabilities and entitled to its profits
    • A. occlusive
    • B. proprietary
    • C. contiguous
    • D. elusive

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