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that may or should be charged:
chargeable duty.
liable to be accused or held responsible; indictable:
He was held chargeable for the theft.
liable to become a charge on the public.
charged or liable to be charged
liable to result in a legal charge

late 15c., “burdensome,” from charge (v.) + -able. Sense of “subject to a tax or payment” is from 1610s; that of “liable to be made an expense” is from 1640s; that of “liable to be charged” (with an offense, etc.) is from 1660s.


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