liable

If you drive into someone's fence, you’ll probably be held liable — legally responsible — for fixing it. Liable can also mean “likely,” usually with something unpleasant: "If you don't brush your teeth, they're liable to fall out."

When liable refers to legal responsibility, it's used with "for": "You're liable for the court costs" (meaning you have to pay them). When liable means "likely," it's with "to": "If you build your house on that cliff, it's liable to fall into the river," or "That part of town is liable to mudslides." Don't confuse liable with libel, which is a legal term for slander, or saying something false and damaging about someone.

Definitions of liable
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adj subject to legal action

liable to criminal charges”
Synonyms:
nonexempt
(of persons) not exempt from an obligation or liability

adj held legally responsible

“men between the ages of 18 and 35 were liable for military service”
Synonyms:
responsible
worthy of or requiring responsibility or trust; or held accountable

adj (often followed by `to') likely to be affected with

liable to diabetes”
Synonyms:
nonimmune, nonresistant, unresistant
susceptible
(often followed by `of' or `to') yielding readily to or capable of

adj at risk of or subject to experiencing something usually unpleasant

“she is liable to forget”
Synonyms:
apt
likely
has a good chance of being the case or of coming about