liable

  • 1 liable — li·a·ble / lī ə bəl/ adj [ultimately from Old French lier to bind, from Latin ligare] 1: answerable according to law: bound or obligated according to law or equity one is liable as an accomplice to the crime of another W. R. LaFave and A. W.… …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 liable — li‧a‧ble [ˈlaɪəbl] adjective [not before a noun] LAW 1. legally responsible for paying something: liable for • The troubled company will be liable for about $52 million in back taxes and penalties. 2. likely to be legally punished or forced to… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 3 Liable — Li a*ble (l[imac] [.a]*b l), a. [From F. lier to bind, L. ligare. Cf. {Ally}, v. t., {Ligature}.] 1. Bound or obliged in law or equity; responsible; answerable; as, the surety is liable for the debt of his principal. [1913 Webster] 2. Exposed to… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 liable — 1 amenable, answerable, *responsible, accountable Analogous words: obliged, constrained, compelled (see FORCE vb): bound, tied (see TIE vb) Contrasted words: exempt, immune (see corresponding nouns at EXEMPTION): *free, independent 2 …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 liable to — likely to experience (something undesirable): → liable liable to subject by law to. → liable …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 6 liable — ► ADJECTIVE 1) responsible by law; legally answerable. 2) (liable to) subject by law to. 3) (liable to do) likely to do. 4) (liable to) likely to experience (something undesirable). ORIGIN perhaps from French li …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 liable — [lī′ə bəl; ] often, esp. for 3 [, lī′bəl] adj. [prob. via Anglo Fr < OFr lier, to bind < L ligare, to bind (see LIGATURE) + ABLE] 1. legally bound or obligated, as to make good any loss or damage that occurs in a transaction; responsible 2 …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 liable — (adj.) mid 15c., bound or obliged by law, probably from Anglo Fr. *liable, from O.Fr. lier to bind, tie up, fasten, tether; bind by obligation, from L. ligare to bind, to tie (see LIGAMENT (Cf. ligament)). With ABLE (Cf. able). General sense of… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 liable — [adj1] answerable, responsible accountable, amenable, bound, chargeable, obligated, subject, tied; concept 545 Ant. excusable, freed, irresponsible, unaccountable liable [adj2] open, likely apt, assailable, attackable, beatable, conquerable,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 10 liable to — index conditional Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 11 liable */*/ — UK [ˈlaɪəb(ə)l] / US adjective [never before noun] a) legally responsible for causing damage or injury, so that you have to pay something or be punished If something goes wrong, you ll be liable. liable for: The hospital was held liable for… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 liable — /luy euh beuhl/, adj. 1. legally responsible: You are liable for the damage caused by your action. 2. subject or susceptible: to be liable to heart disease. 3. likely or apt: He s liable to get angry. [1535 45; < AF li(er) to bind ( < L ligare) + …

    Universalium

  • 13 liable — 01. If someone goes to a party at your house, and then tries to drive home drunk, you could be held [liable] if they are in an accident. 02. She s not a good skater, so she is [liable] to hurt herself if she goes rollerblading without a helmet.… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 14 liable — li|a|ble [ˈlaıəbəl] adj [not before noun] [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: Perhaps from Old French lier to tie ] 1.) liable to do sth likely to do or say something or to behave in a particular way, especially because of a fault or natural tendency =… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 liable — li|a|ble [ laıəbl ] adjective never before noun ** legally responsible for causing damage or injury, so you have to pay something or be punished: If something goes wrong, you ll be liable. liable for: The hospital was held liable for negligence.… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 liable — adjective Etymology: Middle English lyable, from Anglo French *liable, from lier to bind, from Latin ligare more at ligature Date: 15th century 1. a. obligated according to law or equity ; responsible b. subject to appropriation or attachment 2.… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 liable — adj. legally obligated 1) liable for; to (she is liable to them for her children s debts) likely 2) (cannot stand alone) liable to + inf. (she is liable to show up at any time) * * * [ laɪəb(ə)l] to (she is liable to them for her children s… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 18 liable — [[t]la͟ɪ͟əb(ə)l[/t]] 1) PHR MODAL When something is liable to happen, it is very likely to happen. Only a small minority of the mentally ill are liable to harm themselves or others. Syn: be likely to 2) ADJ GRADED: v link ADJ to n If people or… …

    English dictionary

  • 19 liable — apt, liable, prone 1. Used with to, prone is by far the most common statistically, liable comes second, and apt, perhaps surprisingly, trails in third place. 2. Apt to and liable to, followed by an infinitive, are virtually interchangeable,… …

    Modern English usage

  • 20 liable — adjective 1 be liable to do sth to be likely to do or say something or to behave in a particular way, especially because of a fault or natural tendency: The car is liable to overheat on long trips. 2 (not before noun) legally responsible for the… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English


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