Definition of liable in English:

liable

adjective

  • 1Responsible by law; legally answerable.

    ‘the supplier of goods or services can become liable for breach of contract in a variety of ways’
    • ‘However, the defendant is liable for the republication or for the damage caused by it.’
    • ‘In tort, one is not liable for every injury caused by one's negligence.’
    • ‘A lower court held the defendants liable for damages.’
    • ‘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 judge then considered the possibility of the defendants being vicariously liable for negligence of their social workers.’
    • ‘If the covenant has the meaning suggested by the lessees, the lessors are liable for breach of the implied covenant.’
    • ‘If an infringement occurs, everyone in the chain of sale is separately and jointly liable.’
    • ‘The employers were not vicariously liable for his negligence.’
    • ‘Where the plaintiff could reasonably avoid losses, the defendant is not liable for those losses.’
    • ‘A corporation is vicariously liable for strict liability offences to exactly the same extent as a natural person.’
    • ‘The owner was held vicariously liable for the negligence of the driver.’
    • ‘The general rule in tort is that an employer is not liable for the acts of an independent contractor.’
    • ‘A court could find him liable for the very acts involved in the criminal charges.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The trial judge held the defendants liable for failing to close down that part of the factory.’
    • ‘Supervisors can be civilly and criminally liable in instances that result in substantial injury or death.’
    • ‘The valuer is not liable unless he is negligent.’
    • ‘Might the host ever be legally liable for that injury?’
    • ‘With respect to the windows, the doctor conceded that the plaintiffs were not holding the defendant company liable for the design of the windows.’
    responsible, legally responsible, accountable, answerable, chargeable, blameworthy, at fault, culpable, subject, guilty, faulty, censurable
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  • 2Likely to do or to be something.

    ‘patients were liable to faint if they stood up too suddenly’
    • ‘This area is now open ground liable to be overtaken by weeds and wattles.’
    • ‘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.’
    likely, inclined, tending, disposed, apt, predisposed, prone, given
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    1. 2.1liable to Likely to experience (something undesirable)
      ‘areas liable to flooding’
      exposed, open, prone, subject, susceptible, vulnerable, in danger of, at risk of, at the mercy of
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Origin

Late Middle English: perhaps from Anglo-Norman French, from French lier ‘to bind’, from Latin ligare.

Pronunciation

liable

/ˈlaɪ(ə)b(ə)l//ˈlī(ə)b(ə)l/