liable to something

liable to something phrase
likely to suffer from something unpleasant

Many parts of the country are liable to flooding.

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Main entry: liable

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  • liable to something — likely to suffer from something unpleasant Many parts of the country are liable to flooding …   English dictionary

  • liable — li‧a‧ble [ˈlaɪəbl] adjective [not before a noun] LAW 1. legally responsible for paying something: liable for • The troubled company will be liable for about $52 million in back taxes and penalties. 2. likely to be legally punished or forced to… …   Financial and business terms

  • liable */*/ — UK [ˈlaɪəb(ə)l] / US adjective [never before noun] a) legally responsible for causing damage or injury, so that you have to pay something or be punished If something goes wrong, you ll be liable. liable for: The hospital was held liable for… …   English dictionary

  • liable — li|a|ble [ laıəbl ] adjective never before noun ** legally responsible for causing damage or injury, so you have to pay something or be punished: If something goes wrong, you ll be liable. liable for: The hospital was held liable for negligence.… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • liable — [[t]la͟ɪ͟əb(ə)l[/t]] 1) PHR MODAL When something is liable to happen, it is very likely to happen. Only a small minority of the mentally ill are liable to harm themselves or others. Syn: be likely to 2) ADJ GRADED: v link ADJ to n If people or… …   English dictionary

  • liable — 1 amenable, answerable, *responsible, accountable Analogous words: obliged, constrained, compelled (see FORCE vb): bound, tied (see TIE vb) Contrasted words: exempt, immune (see corresponding nouns at EXEMPTION): *free, independent 2 …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 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.… …   Law dictionary

  • liable to do something — phrase likely to do something bad or unpleasant The handle is liable to break. Thesaurus: possible and able to be donesynonym Main entry: liable …   Useful english dictionary

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

  • liable — ► ADJECTIVE 1) responsible by law; legally answerable. 2) (liable to) subject by law to. 3) (liable to do) likely to do. 4) (liable to) likely to experience (something undesirable). ORIGIN perhaps from French li …   English terms dictionary

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