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[lahy-uh-buh l] /ˈlaɪ ə bəl/

legally responsible:
You are liable for the damage caused by your action.
subject or susceptible:
to be liable to heart disease.
likely or apt:
He’s liable to get angry.
adjective (postpositive)
legally obliged or responsible; answerable
susceptible or exposed; subject
probable, likely, or capable: it’s liable to happen soon

mid-15c., “bound or obliged by law,” probably from Anglo-French *liable, from Old French lier “to bind, tie up, fasten, tether; bind by obligation,” from Latin ligare “to bind, to tie” (see ligament). With -able. General sense of “exposed to” (something undesirable) is from 1590s. Incorrect use for “likely” is attested by 1886.


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