- adj. 有责任的，有义务的；应受罚的；有…倾向的；易…的
CET4 TEM4 IELTS 考 研 CET6
- liable:  Today’s main meaning of liable, ‘likely to’, is a comparatively recent development. Its primary sense is ‘legally bound or obliged’ (as in ‘liable for someone else’s debts’), which goes right back to the word’s ultimate source, Latin ligāre ‘tie’. Its Old French descendant lier is assumed to have give rise to an Anglo-Norman derivative *liable, literally ‘bindable’, which English took over.
Other English words that come ultimately from ligāre include ally, liaison , lien  (etymologically a ‘bond’), ligament , ligature , oblige, religion, and rely.
=> ally, liaison, lien, ligament, ligature, oblige, religion, rely
- liable (adj.)
- 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," from Latin ligare "to bind, to tie" (see ligament). With -able. General sense of "exposed to" (something undesirable) is from 1590s. Incorrect use for "likely" is attested by 1886.
- 1. Offenders will be liable to a seven-year prison term.
- 2. Educational practice is liable to sudden swings and changes.
- 3. Such a figure is liable to be attacked as a blasphemer.
- 4. Tenants remain liable if they pass on their lease.
- 5. You know you are liable to be cross-examined mercilessly about the assault.
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