Definition of Liable

1. Adjective. At risk of or subject to experiencing something usually unpleasant. "She is liable to forget"

Exact synonyms: Apt
Similar to: Likely
Derivative terms: Aptness, Liability

2. Adjective. Subject to legal action. "Liable to criminal charges"
Similar to: Nonexempt

3. Adjective. (often followed by 'to') likely to be affected with. "Liable to diabetes"
Exact synonyms: Nonimmune, Nonresistant, Unresistant
Similar to: Susceptible

4. Adjective. Held legally responsible. "Men between the ages of 18 and 35 were liable for military service"
Similar to: Responsible
Derivative terms: Liability

Definition of Liable

1. a. Bound or obliged in law or equity; responsible; answerable; as, the surety is liable for the debt of his principal.

Definition of Liable

1. Adjective. Bound or obliged in law or equity; responsible; answerable. ¹

2. Adjective. Exposed to a certain contingency or casualty, more or less probable. ¹

3. Adjective. (context: as predicate with "to" and an infinitive) Likely. ¹

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Definition of Liable

1. subject or susceptible to something possible or likely [adj]

Medical Definition of Liable

1. 1. Bound or obliged in law or equity; responsible; answerable; as, the surety is liable for the debt of his principal. 2. Exposed to a certain contingency or casualty, more or less probable; with to and an infinitive or noun; as, liable to slip; liable to accident. Synonym: Accountable, responsible, answerable, bound, subject, obnoxious, exposed. Liable, Subject. Liable refers to a future possible or probable happening which may not actually occur; as, horses are liable to slip; even the sagacious are liable to make mistakes. Subject refers to any actual state or condition belonging to the nature or circumstances of the person or thing spoken of, or to that which often befalls one. One whose father was subject to attacks of the gout is himself liable to have that disease. Men are constantly subject to the law, but liable to suffer by its infraction. "Proudly secure, yet liable to fall." (Milton) "All human things are subject to decay." (Dryden) Origin: From F. Lier to bind, L. Ligare. Cf. Ally, Ligature. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Liable

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Literary usage of Liable

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1. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke (1803)
"... ideas.they call by any name, are commonly the fame that others have and mean when they ufe the fame names. § I o. Ideas of Mixed Modes mo/l liable to ..."

2. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery: During by Great Britain Court of Chancery, Steuart Macnaghten, Alexander Gordon, Charles Christopher Pepys Cottenham, Thomas Wilde Truro (1850)
"The 84th section shews, that v—^v*^ the list consists of all who are liable to contribute, not The NORTH of any particular class of contributories only. ..."

3. Principles of Contract at Law and in Equity: Being a Treatise on the General by Frederick Pollock (1876)
"... separate estate was not liable to refund rents wliich had been received by her as her separate property but to which she was not in fact entitled. ..."

4. Cyclopedia of Law and Procedure by William Mack, Howard Pervear Nash (1903)
"It is said that he may be liable both as maker and as in- ... 310), but a maker cannot become liable as indorser only (Mayer v. Thomas, 97 Ga. ..."

5. A Handbook of Husband and Wife According to the Law of Scotland by Frederick Parker Walton (1893)
"Conversely, if the husband dies, the wife becomes liable for her ... Even for a Wife's Heritable Debts contracted before marriage the Husband is liable in ..."

6. A Treatise on the Law of Fellow-servants: Embracing a Collection of Satutes by William Mark McKinney (1889)
"Everyone ia liable for his own wrongs.— It is a familiar and primary rule ... A man, as a rule, is no more liable for the wrongs done by another than he is ..."

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