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Definition 1: at risk of or subject to experiencing something usually unpleasant - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where liable or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he is apt to lose
  • she is liable to forget

Synonyms for liable in the sense of this definition

(liable is similar to ...) has a good chance of being the case or of coming about

"these services are likely to be available to us all before long" "she is likely to forget" "a likely place for a restaurant" "the broken limb is likely to fall" "rain is likely" "a likely topic for investigation" "likely candidates for the job"

Definition 2: held legally responsible - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where liable or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • men between the ages of 18 and 35 were liable for military service

(liable is similar to ...) worthy of or requiring responsibility or trust; or held accountable

"a responsible adult" "responsible journalism" "a responsible position" "the captain is responsible for the ship's safety" "the cabinet is responsible to the parliament"

Definition 3: (often followed by `to') likely to be affected with - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where liable or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • liable to diabetes

Synonyms for liable in the sense of this definition

(liable is similar to ...) (often followed by `of' or `to') yielding readily to or capable of

"susceptible to colds" "susceptible of proof"

Definition 4: subject to legal action - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where liable or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • liable to criminal charges

(liable is similar to ...) (of persons) not exempt from an obligation or liability

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