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English definition of “liable”

liable

adjective [after verb] uk   /ˈlaɪ.ə.bl̩/ us  

liable adjective [after verb] (RESPONSIBLE)

C1 specialized law having (legal) responsibility for something or someone: The law holds parents liable if a child does not attend school. If we lose the case we may be liable for (= have to pay) the costs of the whole trial.Duty, obligation and responsibility

liable adjective [after verb] (LIKELY)

C2 very likely to happen: The areas of town near the river are liable to flooding (= are often flooded). [+ to infinitive] He's liable to make a fuss if you wake him.Possible and probable
(Definition of liable from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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