What does liable mean?

Definitions for liable
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.

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. Soltis Anderson:

    If I ’m thinking ofa potentially really scary situation, I look at things like what’s happening with Roy Moore in Alabama, wondering, is there a chance that that sort of worldview gets brought national by a president who is liable, he likes blaming other people for things, and likes claiming, look, I ’m a bigger winner than you ever could possibly have realized.

  2. 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.

  3. Polk County:

    No one in that house, that night, intended for those babies to have that event that occurred, obviously the 3-year-old's not going to be charged with a criminal event, for obvious reasons. That child can't be held accountable for his conduct -- there is absolutely no reason to think that that was an intentional act other than he was a baby playing with what he saw was some sort of toy. But, we will hold the adults appropriately criminally liable for the conduct.

  4. Israel Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon:

    Even if there are not now any hostile designs (among them) against us, as we know in the Middle East intentions are liable to change. The capability will without a doubt be there and this must be prepared for.

  5. Kristen Waggoner:

    The killer part is the attorneys fees and the court costs, she is liable to the state and the American Civil Liberties Union.

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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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