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1Responsible by law; legally answerable.‘the credit-card company is liable for any breach of contract’
responsible, legally responsible, accountable, answerable, chargeable, blameworthy, at fault, culpable, subject, guilty, faulty, censurableView synonyms
- ‘Where the plaintiff could reasonably avoid losses, the defendant is not liable for those losses.’
- ‘Neither you nor any other person is liable for the payments on the cards.’
- ‘Both defendants are joint and severally liable for the plaintiff's loss.’
- ‘The valuer is not liable unless he is negligent.’
- ‘Might the host ever be legally liable for that injury?’
- ‘However, the defendant is liable for the republication or for the damage caused by it.’
- ‘The general rule in tort is that an employer is not liable for the acts of an independent contractor.’
- ‘If an infringement occurs, everyone in the chain of sale is separately and jointly liable.’
- ‘The owner was held vicariously liable for the negligence of the driver.’
- ‘Supervisors can be civilly and criminally liable in instances that result in substantial injury or death.’
- ‘As a general principle, people are not legally liable for failing to act, so that a distinction should be drawn between causing death and failing to keep the patient alive.’
- ‘A corporation is vicariously liable for strict liability offences to exactly the same extent as a natural person.’
- ‘With respect to the windows, the doctor conceded that the plaintiffs were not holding the defendant company liable for the design of the windows.’
- ‘If the covenant has the meaning suggested by the lessees, the lessors are liable for breach of the implied covenant.’
- ‘A lower court held the defendants liable for damages.’
- ‘The employers were not vicariously liable for his negligence.’
- ‘A court could find him liable for the very acts involved in the criminal charges.’
- ‘The trial judge held the defendants liable for failing to close down that part of the factory.’
- ‘The judge then considered the possibility of the defendants being vicariously liable for negligence of their social workers.’
- ‘In tort, one is not liable for every injury caused by one's negligence.’
- 1.1Subject by law to.‘non-resident trustees are liable to the basic rate of tax’
- ‘The law is that if people commit serious criminal offences and they're non-citizens, they're liable to deportation.’
- ‘Failure to comply with any of those provisions will render building workers liable to imprisonment.’
- ‘Is she liable to repay his debts, as the demands are being sent to her home?’
- ‘Can we elect to have the whole of the income assessed to tax on my wife, who is only liable to basic rate tax?’
- ‘He indicated councillors could be personally liable to pay back any loan themselves if they ignored legal advice.’
- ‘Unlicensed fireworks displays, even on private property, are illegal and may render the participants liable to prosecution.’
2[with infinitive] Likely to do or to be something.‘patients were liable to faint if they stood up too suddenly’
likely, inclined, tending, disposed, apt, predisposed, prone, givenView synonyms
- ‘Some are clearly panicked by the experience and liable to rush their ascent.’
- ‘Basic cable service is liable to cost hundreds of dollars per year.’
- ‘This area is now open ground liable to be overtaken by weeds and wattles.’
- 2.1Likely to experience (something undesirable)‘areas liable to flooding’exposed, open, prone, subject, susceptible, vulnerable, in danger of, at risk of, at the mercy ofView synonyms
Late Middle English: perhaps from Anglo-Norman French, from French lier to bind, from Latin ligare.
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