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[lahy-uh-bil-i-tee] /ˌlaɪ əˈbɪl ɪ ti/

noun, plural liabilities.

something disadvantageous:
His lack of education is his biggest liability.
Also, liableness. the state or quality of being liable:
liability to disease.
noun (pl) -ties
the state of being liable
a financial obligation
a hindrance or disadvantage
likelihood or probability

1790, originally a term in law; “condition of being legally liable;” see liable + -ity. General sense is from 1809; meaning “thing for which one is liable” is first attested 1842. Related: Liabilities.

An obligation or debt.


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