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Definition of "liable" []

  • Legally obligated; responsible: liable for military service. See Synonyms at responsible. (adjective)
  • At risk of or subject to experiencing or suffering something unpleasant. Used with to: liable to criminal charges; liable to diabetes. (adjective)
  • Likely. Often used with reference to an unfavorable outcome: In a depression banks are liable to fail. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "liable" in a sentence
  • "\ "Arianna argued that although Beck may not be legally liable, he is \" morally liable\ "for the violence and anger his show may provoke."
  • "Ryan also recommended the increase in Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. guarantees that's now an agreed item, and introduced the proposal to suspend mark-to-market accounting rules, which he describes as liable to throw banks into "a death spiral" because no market now exists for their assets."
  • "You are liable from the squeeze of the trigger to the final resting point of that projectile/projectiles and hope nobody slips and falls on it."