• WordNet 3.6
    • adj liable at risk of or subject to experiencing something usually unpleasant "he is apt to lose","she is liable to forget"
    • adj liable held legally responsible "men between the ages of 18 and 35 were liable for military service"
    • adj liable (often followed by `to') likely to be affected with "liable to diabetes"
    • adj liable subject to legal action "liable to criminal charges"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A person standing under an oak tree is 16 more times liable to be hit by lightning than if he had taken refuge beneath a beech tree. The oak tree has vertical roots which provide a more direct route to ground water.
    • Liable Bound or obliged in law or equity; responsible; answerable; as, the surety is liable for the debt of his principal.
    • Liable 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. "Proudly secure, yet liable to fall.""All human things are subject to decay."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • liable Bound in law or equity; responsible; answerable: as, the surety is liable for the debt of his principal.
    • liable Having an aptitude or tendency; subject; exposed, as to the doing or occurring of something evil, injurious, or erroneous: as, we are constantly liable to accidents; your plans are liable to defeat.
    • liable Subordinate; subject.
    • liable Fit; suitable.
    • liable Synonyms Incident, Subject, Likely, etc. (see incident); Apt, likely, etc. (see apt).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Liable lī′a-bl able to be bound or obliged: responsible: tending to: subject:
    • adj Liable lī′a-bl (Shak.) exposed: suitable
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  • Henry Fielding
    “We are as liable to be corrupted by books, as by companions.”
  • Will Rogers
    “An economist's guess is liable to be as good as anybody else s.”
  • Jean De La Bruyere
    “As long as men are liable to die and are desirous to live, a physician will be made fun of, but he will be well paid.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “A policy is a temporary creed liable to be changed, but while it holds good it has got to be pursued with apostolic zeal.”
  • Abigail Adams
    Abigail Adams
    “Arbitrary power is like most other things which are very hard, very liable to be broken.”
  • Anthony Sampson
    Anthony Sampson
    “Once you touch the trappings of monarchy, like opening an Egyptian tomb, the inside is liable to crumble.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From F. lier, to bind, L. ligare,. Cf. Ally (v. t.) Ligature
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. lier—L. ligāre, to bind.


In literature:

If sown later than August, the young plants are much more liable to perish in the winter.
"Clovers and How to Grow Them" by Thomas Shaw
Her husband, however, is not liable for such contracts, and they do not render him or his property in any way liable therefor.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
It is evident that horses with high knee action and heavy bodies are more liable to this disease.
"The Veterinarian" by Chas. J. Korinek
An UNLIMITED LIABILITY corporation is one in which the stockholders are liable as partners, each for the full indebtedness.
"Up To Date Business" by Various
Mr. Robert's liable to sic 'em onto me any day.
"Torchy As A Pa" by Sewell Ford
Water was liable to be down there somewhere, in those valleys, and I looked to see which was the greenest or which had any willows.
"Pluck on the Long Trail" by Edwin L. Sabin
On the other hand, they are more liable to become unhealthy from prolonged use.
"Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900" by George Henry Makins
Children of all ages are liable to "catch" ringworm of the scalp.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague
Every factor liable to give rise to the habit should be removed.
"Woman" by William J. Robinson
We spoke, as passengers are liable to speak to each other on a boat or a train.
"The Brand of Silence" by Harrington Strong
Anyhow, we're not liable to see him again for some time after we leave here to-morrow.
"Frank Merriwell's Cruise" by Burt L. Standish
There is no telling what he is liable to do.
"Frank Merriwell's Bravery" by Burt L. Standish
The same author and some botanists have further remarked that multiple parts are also very liable to variation in structure.
"On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection" by Charles Darwin
Used in this way it is far less liable to cause the rot, than when it is put in the hill.
"Cattle and Their Diseases" by Robert Jennings
Cards exposed by the declarer are not liable to be called.
"Auction of To-day" by Milton C. Work
The propriety of this arrangement is liable to question; indeed, it has been more than questioned.
"The Life of Friedrich Schiller" by Thomas Carlyle
They are liable to excesses and thereby lose much of the vitality and power of strength and physical endurance.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
Delicate young ladies are very liable to become awry at many boarding schools.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
If the people got to know too much they were liable to become unruly and less easy to handle.
"Paul and the Printing Press" by Sara Ware Bassett
Upon marriage he is liable to support her, and may be compelled to do it if he prove refractory.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume I"

In poetry:

Where is the end of them, the fishermen sailing
Into the wind's tail, where the fog cowers?
We cannot think of a time that is oceanless
Or of an ocean not littered with wastage
Or of a future that is not liable
Like the past, to have no destination.
"Four Quartets 3: The Dry Salvages" by T S Eliot

In news:

Washington state has warned a construction company that it will be liable for property damages and firefighting costs if investigators determine its work started a wildfire northwest of Ellensburg.
Government could be liable for flood.
Court case could make banks liable for hacking.
United Airlines not liable for 9/11 plane hijacking.
United Airlines isn't liable for the plane hijacking in the Sept 11, 2001, terrorist attack that destroyed the World Trade Center's Tower 7, a judge ruled.
United Airlines Held Not Liable in Trade Center Attack.
Remedies – Expert liable for creating child pornography.
Birmingham City Council liable for £757m equal pay claims.
Valet not liable for letting drunken driver leave.
See Lucy Woodward and you're liable to be 'Hooked.'.
Is unit owner liable for outage's damage to unit.
Liable if laptops are stolen, lost.
Hosting Site Found Liable for SumoTorrent's Infringement.
A Dutch court this week found that hosting company XS Networks is liable for the activity of SumoTorrent, a torrent site it hosted.
Morgan Stanley Liable for Discriminatory Subprime Loans.

In science:

This is why on the next figure we plot the integrated interval distribution I (s) = R P (s′ )ds′ that is not liable to binning fluctuations.
The statistical properties of the city transport in Cuernavaca (Mexico) and Random matrix ensembles
In short, the reason is that a property that is temporally intrinsic for a longish interval is liable to be useless in a criterion of identity.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
For doing so is liable to make the criterion hard or even impossible to apply.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
IR cutoff µ is no longer liable to a free choice, but is fixed.
Generalized holographic dark energy and the IR cutoff problem
The 50% rule could be used to investigate which problems are liable of being solved with a quadratic or exponential speed up, the question of why the speed up is quadratic for unstructured problems, exponential for a very limited class of structured problems, not others, etc.
The quantum speed up as advanced knowledge of the solution
Population is well-mixed (or mean-field): everybody is liable to interact with anybody.
Recent progress in coalescent theory
If there are still more than 20 potential candidates remaining, ob jects near the edge of the image are discarded, since the edges are liable to fringing and aberrations (Yuan 2010).
Large-Scale Image Processing with the ROTSE Pipeline for Follow-Up of Gravitational Wave Events
As stressed by BFSS, however, the quantum version of this argument is liable to be much more subtle.
Lectures on D-branes, Gauge Theory and M(atrices)
Schools liable for telephone usage charges. 200 hours of Internet access per month (over 200 hours suspended service).
Bringing the Internet to Schools: US and EU policies
We believe that our methodology is liable to suffer from systematic errors and consequently we estimate the errors as being +100%, -50%.
Near-Infrared water lines in V838 Monocerotis
But a public computable VerificationCode which includes only the vote and a timestamp is liable to a brute force attack.
A modular eballot system - V0.6
Their current theoretical description has so far survived the most stringent experimental tests, but both components are vulnerable, and liable to crack under the weight of new data.
The super-LHC
In view of our expectation that the present calculations are liable to underestimate the wind mass loss, this initial comparison is very encouraging indeed.
Radiation driven winds from luminous accretion disks
Measurements of CMB polarization are however extremely challenging because the signal is very weak (at several µ K level on small angular scales and much less on large angular scales) and liable to be strongly contaminated by polarized foreground emissions.
Workshop summary and the future
Throughout this expansion the contact surface may be liable to RT instability.
On the interaction of FR-II radio sources with the intracluster medium