Liable

Definition - 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 ~ as an accomplice to the crime of another ­W. R. LaFave and A. W. Scott, Jr.> <the estate is ~ for succession taxes ­Commissioner of Revenue Services v. Estate of Culpepper, 493 A.2d 297 (1985)>
2 a  : being in a position to incur ­used with to <~ to a fire> <property ~ to duties>
b  : subject or amenable according to law
Pronunciation'lI-&-b&l

Pronunciation Key

  • \&\ as a and u in a b ut
  • \[^&]\ as e in kitt en
  • \&r\ as ur and er in f urther
  • \a\ as a inash
  • \A\ as a in ace
  • \?\ as o in m op
  • \au\ as ou in ou t
  • \ch\ as ch in ch in
  • \e\ as e in bet
  • \E\ as ea in easy
  • \g\ as g in go
  • \i\ as i in hit
  • \I\ as i in ice
  • \j\ as j in job
  • \[ng]\ as ng in sing
  • \O\ as o in go
  • \o\ as aw in law
  • \oi\ as oy in boy
  • \th\ as th in thin
  • \[th_]\ as thin the
  • \?\ as oo in loot
  • \u\ as oo in foot
  • \y\ as y in yet
  • \zh\ as si in vision


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