Definition of “liable” - English Dictionary

“liable” in American English

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liableadjective [ + to infinitive ]

us /ˈlɑɪ·ə·bəl/

likely to do, happen, or experience something:

If you don’t take care of yourself, you’re liable to get sick.
He’s liable to say anything that comes into his head.

liableadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈlɑɪ·ə·bəl/ law

having legal responsibility for something:

He is still liable for repaying his student loan.

(Definition of “liable” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“liable” in Business English

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liableadjective [ not before noun ]

uk /ˈlaɪəbl/ us

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” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)