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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]


At risk of or subject to experiencing something usually unpleasant


apt; liable

Context examples:

he is apt to lose / she is liable to forget


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

Sense 2liable [BACK TO TOP]


Subject to legal action

Context example:

liable to criminal charges


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

Sense 3liable [BACK TO TOP]


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


nonimmune; nonresistant; unresistant; liable

Context example:

liable to diabetes


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

Sense 4liable [BACK TO TOP]


Held legally responsible

Context example:

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


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

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