- legally responsible: You are liable for the damage caused by your action.
- subject or susceptible: to be liable to heart disease.
- likely or apt: He's liable to get angry.
Origin of liable
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Examples from the Web for liable
Clients who are wary of online transactions are liable to see escorts with print ads as less likely to cheat or scam them.The Importance of Adult Classifieds
September 6, 2014
And while eBay makes a direct profit from sales, it is generally not liable unless it had knowledge of a suspicious seller.Why eBay Is an Art Forger’s Paradise
August 19, 2014
When he says that,” Lefty Wilson, the trainer, said, “he's liable to get three goals.Gordie Howe Hockey’s Greatest War Horse
May 31, 2014
“Protracted handcuffing is liable to damage nerves that affect the functioning of the hands,” says the report.Palestinian Factions Made Peace in Israel’s Jails
April 24, 2014
The harder Benton hits Bevin, the more that coalition is liable to turn on Paul.Can ‘the Traitor’ Jesse Benton Unite the GOP?
March 28, 2014
She certainly knew he was liable to go at any time, in exactly the way he did go.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
And yet the idea cleaves to me strangely, and is liable to stick to my shroud.
How will every look, every action, even the most innocent, be liable to misconstruction!Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
And yet, if the law is strictly interpreted, the offender is liable.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
Domestic care, like every other, is liable to degenerate into excess.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
- legally obliged or responsible; answerable
- susceptible or exposed; subject
- probable, likely, or capableit's liable to happen soon
Word Origin and History for liable
mid-15c., "bound or obliged by law," probably from Anglo-French *liable, from Old French lier "to bind, tie up, fasten, tether; bind by obligation," from Latin ligare "to bind, to tie" (see ligament). With -able. General sense of "exposed to" (something undesirable) is from 1590s. Incorrect use for "likely" is attested by 1886.