- moneys owed; debts or pecuniary obligations (opposed to assets).
- Accounting.liabilities as detailed on a balance sheet, especially in relation to assets and capital.
- something disadvantageous: His lack of education is his biggest liability.
- Also li·a·ble·ness. the state or quality of being liable: liability to disease.
Origin of liability
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Examples from the Web for liability
Except for in the Academy, where a low number seems to be a liability.Why Does Oscar Hate Young Men?
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But will his racially charged rhetoric make him a liability instead?The Far-Right Radio Host Who Could Deliver the Senate to the GOP
October 6, 2014
And when it comes to liability litigation, as inevitably it will, Rolls Royce would seem to be off the hook.New MH370 Puzzle Scrambles Search
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They also have liability insurance, which helps them make payments to passengers who are harmed or killed.MH370: How Do Insurers Put a Price on Life?
March 26, 2014
So the company and its insurance policy bear no liability for what happened.Uber and Its Enemies
February 10, 2014
Would Lord Culduff be disposed to accept his share in this liability?The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly
Charles James Lever
This liability to breakage is reduced, but not eliminated, by the asbestos annealing.On Laboratory Arts
How this liability was dispelled, will be related, with other incidents, in the next chapter.My Bondage and My Freedom
With the liability to accident, we must see how little account is to be made of it.Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience
Henry David Thoreau
This early rule of law fixing their liability has been greatly changed.Up To Date Business
- the state of being liable
- a financial obligation
- a hindrance or disadvantage
- likelihood or probability
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Word Origin and History for liability
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
An obligation or debt.
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