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Definition of liable adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1liable (for something) legally responsible for paying the cost of something You will be liable for any damage caused. The court ruled he could not be held personally liable for his wife's debts.
  2. 2
    liable to do something likely to do something We're all liable to make mistakes when we're tired. The bridge is liable to collapse at any moment.
  3. 3
    liable to something likely to be affected by something synonym prone You are more liable to injury if you exercise infrequently.
  4. 4liable to something likely to be punished by law for something Offenders are liable to fines of up to $500. Advertisers pretending to be private individuals will be liable to prosecution.
  5. 5liable for/to something liable to do something having to do something by law People who earn under a certain amount are not liable to pay tax. He was no longer liable for military service.
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