Legal Definition and Related Resources of Liable

Meaning of Liable

Generally, means bound, responsible , answerable, chargeable, in law or in equity . The word liable is not a legal term and has no technical meaning. The exact meaning may vary according to the context.

Synonyms of Liable


  • accountable
  • amenable
  • answerable
  • bound in equity
  • bound in law
  • bound to
  • bound to respond
  • chargeable
  • exposed to
  • exposed to penalty
  • in danger
  • justly responsible
  • legally bound
  • legally responsible
  • obligated
  • obliged
  • obliged in law’
  • obnoxius
  • responsible
  • subject to
  • susceptible
  • under legal obligation
  • under obligation
  • vulnerable
  • Associated Concepts: jointly liable
  • liable for debts
  • liable in tort
  • liable to forfeiture
  • liable to penalty
  • liable to prosecution
  • liable to punishment
  • party liable
  • personally liable
  • secondarily liable

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Liable in Historical Law

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Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms

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Bailment, Barrister, Base Fee, Cessor, Charge, Co-insurance, Cognisee, Common Employment, Community Claim, Condition Subsequent, Contractor’s Bond, Contribution, Contributory, Debtor, Del Credere, Demurrage, Determinable, Devastavit, Erroneous, Estate In Tail After Possibility Of Issue Extinct:, Facility Of Payment Clause, False Imprisonment, Family Purpose Rule, Free Ships, Guarantee, Garranty, Guaranty, Heir Presumptive, Heriot, Impeachment Of Waste, Incur, Indemnity, Indorsement, Intrinsic Fraud, Joint And Several, Joint Tortfeasors, Last Chance, Last Clear Chance, Legacy, Merger, Notice Of Dishonor, Palsgraf Rule, Principal, Promissory Note, Qualified Estate, Responsible, Safe Place Of Work, Shock, Subject, Surety, , Taxpayer.

Meaning of Liable in the U.S. Legal System

Definition of Liable published by the National Association for Court Management: Legally responsible.

Concept of Liable in the context of Real Property

A short definition of Liable: Obligated, responsible.

Concept of Liable in the context of Real Property

A short definition of Liable: Obligated, responsible.


This term is an adjetive.

Etimology of Liable

(You may find liable at the world legal encyclopedia and the etimology of more terms).

mid-15c., “bound or obliged by law,” probably from Anglo-French *liable, from Old French lier “to bind, tie up, fasten, tether; bind by obligation” (12c.), from Latin ligare “to bind, to tie” (see ligament). With -able. Perhaps from an unattested word in Old French or Medieval Latin. General sense of “exposed to” (something undesirable) is from 1590s. Incorrect use for “likely” is attested by 1850.







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