What does liable mean?

Definitions for liable
ˈlaɪ ə bəlli·able

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word liable.

Princeton's WordNet

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

    at risk of or subject to experiencing something usually unpleasant

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

  2. liable(p)(adj)

    subject to legal action

    "liable to criminal charges"

  3. liable(p), nonimmune, nonresistant, unresistant(adj)

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

    "liable to diabetes"

  4. liable(adj)

    held legally responsible

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


  1. liable(Adjective)

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

    The surety is liable for the debt of his principal.

  2. liable(Adjective)

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

  3. liable(Adjective)


    Someone is liable to slip on your icy sidewalk.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Liable(verb)

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

  2. Liable(verb)

    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

How to pronounce liable?

  1. Alex
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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. John Locke:

    Tis a Mistake to think this Fault [tyranny] is proper only to Monarchies; other Forms of Government are liable to it, as well as that. For where-ever the Power that is put in any hands for the Government of the People, and the Preservation of their Properties, is applied to other ends, and made use of to impoverish, harass, or subdue them to the Arbitrary and Irregular Commands of those that have it: There it presently becomes Tyranny, whether those that thus use it are one or many.

  2. Senator Creighton:

    It just sends the wrong message, it sends a message that the best physicians in America should not practice in Texas because... you have to consider that you could be held liable just for doing your job correctly.

  3. 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.

  4. Oleksandr Pysaruk:

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

  5. Antonio Galvan:

    Crop failure may lead to breach of contract, if farmers don't deliver the corn, they are liable to pay buyers the difference between the price in the contract and market prices.

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  • яуаплыBashkir
  • subjecte, responsableCatalan, Valencian
  • haftpflichtig, haftend, haftbar, unterworfen, fehlbar, neigendGerman
  • responsableSpanish
  • responsableFrench
  • verantwoordelijk, aansprakelijkDutch
  • podatnyPolish
  • passível, responsávelPortuguese
  • responsabil, pasibil, răspunzătorRomanian
  • ответственный, подверженный, склонный, обязанный, уязвимыйRussian
  • รับผิดชอบThai

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