Definition of liable adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈlaɪəbl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlaɪəbl//
    [not before noun]
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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. 2liable 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. 3liable 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. At 60, he was no longer liable for conscription.
  6. Word Originlate Middle English: perhaps from Anglo-Norman French, from French lier ‘to bind’, from Latin ligare.Extra examples Partners are jointly and severally liable for a partnership’s debts. Partners are jointly and severally= together and individually liable for a partnership’s debts. She’s fully liable for the company’s debts. They could be found liable for the entire amount. Under this rule, if Y is employed by X, X will be vicariously liable for the actions of Y. The court ruled he could not be held personally liable for his wife’s debts.
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