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adjective [never before noun] British English pronunciation: liable /ˈlaɪəb(ə)l/

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  1. 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 negligence.

    He could find himself liable for the cost of the repairs.

    1. a.
      if someone is liable for something, they must pay it or must do it
      liable for:

      You may be liable for tax on any gains you make.

      liable to:

      People found guilty of reckless driving may be liable to imprisonment or a fine.


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