liable
li·a·ble /'lī-ə-bəl/ adj [ultimately from Old French lier to bind, from Latin ligare]
1: answerable according to law: bound or obligated according to law or equity
one is liable as an accomplice to the crime of another — W. R. LaFave and A. W. Scott, Jr.
the estate is liable for succession taxesCommissioner of Revenue Services v. Estate of Culpepper, 493 A.2d 297 (1985)
2 a: being in a position to incur
— used with to
liable to a fire
property liable to duties
b: subject or amenable according to law

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

liable
I adjective accountable, amenable, answerable, bound in equity, bound in law, bound to, bound to respond, chargeable, exposed to, exposed to penalty, in danger, justly responsible, legally bound, legally responsible, obligated, obliged, obliged in law, obnoxius, responsible, subject to, susceptible, under legal obligation, under obligation, vulnerable associated concepts: jointly liable, liable for debts, liable in tort, liable to forfeiture, liable to penalty, liable to prosecution, liable to punishment, party liable, personally liable, secondarily liable II index accountable (responsible), at fault, blameful, blameworthy, bound, inclined, possible, probable, prone, subject (exposed), susceptible (unresistent)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


liable
adj.
Responsible; legally answerable for something; obligated or accountable.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


liable
Legally responsible. For example, a person may be liable for a debt, liable for an accident due to careless behavior, liable for failing do something required by a contract, or liable for the commission of a crime. Someone who is found liable for an act or omission must usually pay money damages or, if the act was a criminal one, face punishment. (See also: liability)
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


liable
Legally responsible.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

liable
adj.
   responsible or obligated. Thus, a person or entity may be liable for damages due to negligence, liable to pay a debt, liable to perform an act which he/she/it contracted to do, or liable to punishment for commission of a crime. Failure to meet the responsibility or obligation opens one up to a lawsuit, and committing a crime can lead to a criminal prosecution.
   See also: liability

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • liable to — likely to experience (something undesirable): → liable liable to subject by law to. → liable …   English new terms dictionary

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