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.


  1. liable

    In law, liable means "responsible or answerable in law; legally obligated". Legal liability concerns both civil law and criminal law and can arise from various areas of law, such as contracts, torts, taxes, or fines given by government agencies. The claimant is the one who seeks to establish, or prove, liability.


  1. liable

    Liable refers to being legally responsible or answerable for an action or situation. It often pertains to financial or legal obligations that may arise as a result of one's actions or negligence.

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

  4. belial

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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. Sarah Bernhardt:

    All power in human hands is liable to be abused.

  2. Pablo Langesfeld:

    We want answers. We want somebody liable. They need to find out why it happened because buildings, they do not collapse by themselves. There's something wrong.

  3. Aric Chen:

    In a culture that has been suppressed for so long, when things start opening up, you're liable to get a sort of burst of energy and momentum. This generation of private collectors in China, the big ones at least, they've had a couple of decades to make their fortunes and it's natural they're now spending it on artists and art collections.

  4. Attorney Udoibok:

    If police are accused of abusing the use of ketamine, the police say it wasn't their decision to administer it, that was the paramedics' choice, and paramedics are never going to admit they are liable, so they will say ketamine was necessary.

  5. Danilo Quilaton:

    Amazon promised some things, but we still have to hold them liable.

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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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