Search Result for "liable":
1. at risk of or subject to experiencing something usually unpleasant;
- Example: "he is apt to lose"
- Example: "she is liable to forget"
[syn: apt(p), liable(p)]
2. subject to legal action;
- Example: "liable to criminal charges"
3. (often followed by `to') likely to be affected with;
- Example: "liable to diabetes"
[syn: liable(p), nonimmune, nonresistant, unresistant]
4. held legally responsible;
- Example: "men between the ages of 18 and 35 were liable for military service"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Liable \Li"a*ble\ (l[imac]"[.a]*b'l), a. [From F. lier to bind, L. ligare. Cf. Ally, v. t., Ligature.] 1. Bound or obliged in law or equity; responsible; answerable; as, the surety is liable for the debt of his principal. [1913 Webster] 2. Exposed to a certain contingency or casualty, more or less probable; -- with to and an infinitive or noun; as, liable to slip; liable to accident. [1913 Webster] Syn: Accountable; responsible; answerable; bound; subject; obnoxious; exposed. Usage: Liable, Subject. Liable refers to a future possible or probable happening which may not actually occur; as, horses are liable to slip; even the sagacious are liable to make mistakes. Subject refers to any actual state or condition belonging to the nature or circumstances of the person or thing spoken of, or to that which often befalls one. One whose father was subject to attacks of the gout is himself liable to have that disease. Men are constantly subject to the law, but liable to suffer by its infraction. [1913 Webster] Proudly secure, yet liable to fall. --Milton. [1913 Webster] All human things are subject to decay. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
48 Moby Thesaurus words for "liable": accountable, actionable, amenable, answerable, answerable for, apt, assailable, attackable, beatable, blameworthy, bound, chargeable, conquerable, disposed, exposed, fair, foreseeable, given, hopeful, in the cards, inclined, likely, naked, nonimmune, obligated, obnoxious, odds-on, open, penetrable, pledged, predictable, predictable within limits, presumable, presumptive, probable, promising, prone, responsible, responsible for, sensitive, statistically probable, subject, susceptible, tied, to blame, verisimilar, vincible, vulnerable