1. legally responsible: You are liable for the damage caused by your action.
  2. subject or susceptible: to be liable to heart disease.
  3. likely or apt: He’s liable to get angry.

adjective (postpositive)

  1. legally obliged or responsible; answerable
  2. susceptible or exposed; subject
  3. probable, likely, or capableit’s liable to happen soon

adj.mid-15c., “bound or obliged by law,” probably from Anglo-French *liable, from Old French lier “to bind, tie up, fasten, tether; bind by obligation,” from Latin ligare “to bind, to tie” (see ligament). With -able. General sense of “exposed to” (something undesirable) is from 1590s. Incorrect use for “likely” is attested by 1886.

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