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1  —as in:
is legally liable
Definition held legally responsible
  • She was drunk and liable for the death of the other driver.
liable = held legally responsible
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • They jury concluded that Starbucks is not liable for burns their customer received when coffee spilled into her lap.
  • liable = held legally responsible
  • if anyone bothers you tell them 'tis government orders and they're not to interfere in government business and if they lay a finger on you they're liable to arrest, imprisonment and a large fine
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela's Ashes
  • liable = held legally responsible
  • As he cannot be influenced by those feelings which you rank highly as temptation and reward to the soldier and sailor in their choice of a profession, as heroism, and noise, and fashion, are all against him, he ought to be less liable to the suspicion of wanting sincerity or good intentions in the choice of his.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • liable = thought guilty
  • You have heard that the ancients were told, '"YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER" and "Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court."
    Matthew 5:21 (NASB)
  • He is liable for direct damage both to your chimneys and any collateral damage caused by fall of bricks into garden, etc.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Actions and Reactions
  • When driving about, he felt that he was held liable by the police for anything that might occur in the streets, and was the common prey of all energetic officials.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • men between the ages of 18 and 35 were liable for military service

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2  —as in:
she is liable to
Definition likely to; or maybe going to
  • She's so busy, she's liable to forget.
liable = likely to; or maybe going to
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She's not liable to forget something that important.
  • liable = likely
  • She's liable to say anything.
    August Wilson  --  Fences
  • liable = may (maybe going to)
  • Mike was liable to exaggerate when he got excited.
    Dalton Trumbo  --  Johnny Got His Gun
  • liable = likely to; or maybe going to
  • I afterwards hired a mule, as the more sure-footed and least liable to receive injury on these rugged roads.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • liable = likely
  • "I am a mortal," Scrooge remonstrated, "and liable to fall."
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • liable = maybe going to
  • He snatched the book from me and replaced it hastily on its shelf, muttering that if one brick was removed the whole library was liable to collapse.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • liable = maybe going to
  • He's liable to start somethin', and there's some little folks here.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • liable = maybe going to
  • He hated using his hands, and he hated bending down, which was always liable to start him coughing.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • liable = maybe going to
  • "Princess Alyss is dead!" the tree said loudly, as if for the benefit of an unseen but all-hearing force liable to inflict great hurt at the slightest provocation.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
liable = likely

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