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English definition of “liable”


adjective [not before noun]     /ˈlaɪəbl/
LAW legally responsible for something or someone: liable for sth The sellers were liable for all the damage . This is a serious crime and they can be held liable.
LAW, TAX responsible for paying something: If you are self-employed , you are still liable to pay National Insurance Contributions .liable to sth You will be liable to tax on the interest .
LAW if someone is liable to a punishment , they will receive that punishment : liable to sth He is guilty of an offence and liable to 14 years ' imprisonment .
likely to do something: liable to do sth They're liable to give you problems over your business proposal .
(Definition of liable adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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