Liable – likely to incur a penalty as a result of having commit a civil wrong or breach of contract, answerable by tort

liable:
[lie . ebl]
adj. (15c)

1. Responsible or answerable in law; legally obligated.

2. (Of a person) subject to or likely to incur (a fine, penalty, etc.).  aka legally liable.

3. Likely to do or say something or to behave in a particular way, especially because of a fault or natural tendency.

4. Likely to be affected by a particular kind of problem. [1]

1. Having legal responsibility; responsible; accountable; answers able; obligated; USAGE: “The law holds people liable for breach of contract.” See liability.

2. Likely to; subject to; susceptible to.

USAGE: “The hurricane is liable to hit at any moment. 

Note that “liable“ is not “libel.” [2]

References:

[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black & Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-62130-6

[2]:  Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition
by Jack Ballantine 
(James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.

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