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LIABLE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does liable mean? 

LIABLE (adjective)
  The adjective LIABLE has 4 senses:

1. at risk of or subject to experiencing something usually unpleasant
2. subject to legal action
3. (often followed by 'to') likely to be affected with
4. held legally responsible

  Familiarity information: LIABLE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


LIABLE (adjective)


Sense 1liable [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

At risk of or subject to experiencing something usually unpleasant

Synonyms:

apt; liable

Context examples:

he is apt to lose / she is liable to forget

Similar:

likely (has a good chance of being the case or of coming about)


Sense 2liable [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Subject to legal action

Context example:

liable to criminal charges

Similar:

nonexempt ((of persons) not exempt from an obligation or liability)


Sense 3liable [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(often followed by 'to') likely to be affected with

Synonyms:

nonimmune; nonresistant; unresistant; liable

Context example:

liable to diabetes

Similar:

susceptible ((often followed by 'of' or 'to') yielding readily to or capable of)


Sense 4liable [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Held legally responsible

Context example:

men between the ages of 18 and 35 were liable for military service

Similar:

responsible (worthy of or requiring responsibility or trust; or held accountable)


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