liable – likely to incur a penalty as a result of having commit a civil wrong or breach of contract, answerable by tort

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adj. (15c)

1. Responsible or answerable in law; legally obligated.

2. (Of a person) subject to or likely to incur (a fine, penalty, etc.). — aka legally liable.

3. Likely to do or say something or to behave in a particular way, especially because of a fault or natural tendency.

4. Likely to be affected by a particular kind of problem. [1]

1. Having legal responsibility; responsible; accountable; answerable; obligated; USAGE: “The law holds people liable for breach of contract.” 

2. Likely to; subject to; susceptible to.  USAGE: “The hurricane is liable to hit at any moment.”  Note that “liable“ is not “libel.” [2]


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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black & Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-62130-6

[2]:  Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition
by Jack Ballantine 
(James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.


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