Origin of liable
Examples from the Web for liable
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And while eBay makes a direct profit from sales, it is generally not liable unless it had knowledge of a suspicious seller.
When he says that,” Lefty Wilson, the trainer, said, “he's liable to get three goals.
“Protracted handcuffing is liable to damage nerves that affect the functioning of the hands,” says the report.
The harder Benton hits Bevin, the more that coalition is liable to turn on Paul.
We are all of us liable to be carried away, and there is much excuse for you in this.The Rome Express|Arthur Griffiths
It is also certain that many hundreds of all ages who were liable to service escaped conscription, especially in north Alabama.Civil War and Reconstruction in Alabama|Walter L. Fleming
Is not the human machine, which is represented as a master-piece of the Creator's skill, liable to derangement in a thousand ways?Good Sense|Paul Henri Thiry, Baron D'Holbach
It is liable to degenerate; and, though sometimes classed as a Winter Endive, is less hardy than many other sorts.The Field and Garden Vegetables of America|Fearing Burr
You become a sort of acting aide-de-camp to the parson, liable to be called out on duty at a moment's notice.A Cotswold Village|J. Arthur Gibbs
British Dictionary definitions for liable
Word Origin for liable
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.