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liable

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

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.

liable adjective [after verb] (LIKELY)

C2 very likely to do something: 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.
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