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Meaning & Definition of Liable in English

English

Liable

/laɪəbəl/

adjective

1. At risk of or subject to experiencing something usually unpleasant

  • "He is apt to lose"
  • "She is liable to forget"
    synonym:
  • apt(p)
  • ,
  • liable(p)

2. Subject to legal action

  • "Liable to criminal charges"
    synonym:
  • liable(p)

3. (often followed by `to') likely to be affected with

  • "Liable to diabetes"
    synonym:
  • liable(p)
  • ,
  • nonimmune
  • ,
  • nonresistant
  • ,
  • unresistant

4. Held legally responsible

  • "Men between the ages of 18 and 35 were liable for military service"
    synonym:
  • liable

Examples of using

If you disagree with him, he is liable to get angry.
We are liable to judge others by the clothes they wear.