• IPA: /ˈlaɪ̯əbəl/, [ˈlaɪ̯əbɫ̩], [ˈlaɪ̯əbəɫ]


  1. bound or obliged in law or equity; responsible; answerable.
    The surety is liable for the debt of his principal.
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 34.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
      He inveighed against the folly of making oneself liable for the debts of others; vented many bitter execrations against the brother; and concluded with wishing something could be done for the unfortunate family.
      The passion for philosophy, like that for religion, seems liable to this inconvenience
  2. subject; susceptible.
    This crime is liable to imprisonment for life.
    A man liable to heart disease.
    • 1791, John Walker, A Critical Pronouncing Dictionary […] , London: Sold by G. G. J. and J. Robinſon, Paternoſter Row; and T. Cadell, in the Strand, OCLC 37805775 ↗, page 211, columns earth}}] is liable to a coarſe vulgar pronunciation, as if written Urth;{{...}:
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  3. exposed to a certain contingency or causality, more or less probable.
  4. (as predicate, with "to" and an infinitive) likely.
    Someone is liable to slip on your icy sidewalk.
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  • Italian: punibile, passibile (of an act); soggetto (of a person, an animal, an object, ...)

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