liable


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liable

adj. responsible or obligated. Thus, a person or entity may be liable for damages due to negligence, liable to pay a debt, liable to perform an act for which he/she/it contracted to do, or liable to punishment for commission of a crime. Failure to meet the responsibility or obligation opens one up to a lawsuit, and committing a crime can lead to a criminal prosecution. (See: liability)

liable

adjective accountable, amenable, answerable, bound in equity, bound in law, bound to, bound to reepond, chargeable, exposed to, exposed to penalty, in danner, justly responsible, legally bound, legally responsible, obligated, obliged, obliged in law, responsible, subject to, susceptible, under legal obligation, under obliiation, vulnerable
Associated concepts: jointly liable, liable for debts, liable in tort, liable to forfeiture, liable to penalty, liable to prosecuuion, liable to punishment, party liable, personally liable, secondarily liable
See also: accountable, at fault, blameful, blameworthy, bound, inclined, possible, probable, prone, responsible, subject, susceptible

liable

legally obliged or responsible. See also STRICT LIABILITY, VICARIOUS LIABILITY.
References in classic literature ?
Though by no means less liable than their fellow-men to age and infirmity, they had evidently some talisman or other that kept death at bay.
Trimming beef off the bones by the hundred-weight, while standing up from early morning till late at night, with heavy boots on and the floor always damp and full of puddles, liable to be thrown out of work indefinitely because of a slackening in the trade, liable again to be kept overtime in rush seasons, and be worked till she trembled in every nerve and lost her grip on her slimy knife, and gave herself a poisoned wound--that was the new life that unfolded itself before Marija.
The slight reproach to which the virtue of patriotism is commonly liable, the noble are most likely to incur.
There is a right way; but we are very liable from heedlessness and stupidity to take the wrong one.
Every moment they spent in that school, they were liable to be taken up, and given thirty- nine lashes.
Goddard that Harriet was liable to very bad sorethroats, and had often alarmed her with them.
The real state of things between Willoughby and her sister was so little known to herself, that in endeavouring to explain it, she might be as liable to say too much as too little.
The fact is, I was a trifle beside myself; or rather OUT of myself, as the French would say: I was conscious that a moment's mutiny had already rendered me liable to strange penalties, and, like any other rebel slave, I felt resolved, in my desperation, to go all lengths.
Few coaches were abroad, for riders in coaches were liable to be suspected, and gentility hid its head in red nightcaps, and put on heavy shoes, and trudged.
I am mortal,' Scrooge remonstrated, `and liable to fall.
Copperfield, and informed him that they had given his letter their best consideration, 'with a view to the happiness of both parties' - which I thought rather an alarming expression, not only because of the use they had made of it in relation to the family difference before-mentioned, but because I had (and have all my life) observed that conventional phrases are a sort of fireworks, easily let off, and liable to take a great variety of shapes and colours not at all suggested by their original form.
That swindling Pumblechook, exalted into the beneficent contriver of the whole occasion, actually took the top of the table; and, when he addressed them on the subject of my being bound, and had fiendishly congratulated them on my being liable to imprisonment if I played at cards, drank strong liquors, kept late hours or bad company, or indulged in other vagaries which the form of my indentures appeared to contemplate as next to inevitable, he placed me standing on a chair beside him, to illustrate his remarks.