- liable li‧a‧ble [ˈlaɪəbl] adjective [not before a noun] LAW1. 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 do something by law:liable to somebody
• The firm admitted no wrongdoing and therefore they were not liable to anyone for the losses that had occurred.liable for something
• The appeals court ruled that it would hold tobacco companies liable for illnesses related to smoking.
* * *liable UK US /ˈlaɪəbl/ adjective [not before noun]► LAW legally responsible for something or someone: liable for sth »
The sellers were liable for all the damage.»
This is a serious crime and they can be held liable.► LAW, TAX responsible for paying something: »
If you are self-employed, you are still liable to pay National Insurance Contributions.liable to sth »
You will be liable to tax on the interest.► LAW if someone is liable to a punishment, they will receive that punishment: liable to sth »
He is guilty of an offence and liable to 14 years' imprisonment.► likely to do something: liable to do sth »
They're liable to give you problems over your business proposal.
Financial and business terms. 2012.