Bound or obliged in law or equity; responsible; answerable; as, the surety is liable for the debt of his principal.
- Legally obligated; responsible: liable for military service. See Synonyms at responsible.
- At risk of or subject to experiencing or suffering something unpleasant. Used with to: liable to criminal charges; liable to diabetes.
- Likely. Often used with reference to an unfavorable outcome: In a depression banks are liable to fail.