li·a·ble /ˈlaɪəbəl, ||ˈlaɪbəl/
1. Bound or obliged in law or equity; responsible; answerable; as, the surety is liable for the debt of his principal.
2. Exposed to a certain contingency or casualty, more or less probable; -- with to and an infinitive or noun; as, liable to slip; liable to accident.
Syn: -- Accountable; responsible; answerable; bound; subject; obnoxious; exposed.
Usage: -- Liable, Subject. Liable refers to a future possible or probable happening which may not actually occur; as, horses are liable to slip; even the sagacious are liable to make mistakes. Subject refers to any actual state or condition belonging to the nature or circumstances of the person or thing spoken of, or to that which often befalls one. One whose father was subject to attacks of the gout is himself liable to have that disease. Men are constantly subject to the law, but liable to suffer by its infraction.
Proudly secure, yet liable to fall. --Milton.
All human things are subject to decay. --Dryden.
adj 1: at risk of or subject to experiencing something usually
unpleasant; "he is apt to lose"; "she is liable to
forget" [syn: apt(p), liable(p)]
2: subject to legal action; "liable to criminal charges" [syn:
3: (often followed by `to') likely to be affected with; "liable
to diabetes" [syn: liable(p), nonimmune, nonresistant,
4: held legally responsible; "men between the ages of 18 and 35
were liable for military service"