October 17, 2018
liable (adjective)
\LYE-uh-bul\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : forced by law or by what is right to make good2 : not sheltered or protected (as from danger or accident)3 : exposed to or likely to experience something that is usually undesirable
How do you use it?
"The stone was sharp on the inside and round on the outside, which, as everyone knows, is the most dangerous kind that a horse can pick up, at the same time cutting his foot and making him most liable to stumble and fall." (Anna Sewell, _Black Beauty_)
Are you a word wiz?

The root word of "liable" is the Latin verb "ligare." What do you think "ligare" means?

"Liable" is one of several English words derived from "ligare," which means "to bind." Like "liable," "oblige" descends from "ligare" and indicates being forced to do something. "Ally" and "league" are two more words from "ligare." To "ally" yourself with someone is to unite with them, while a "league" is an alliance of nations or a group united for common interests or goals. A "ligament" is a tough band of tissue that holds bones together or keeps an organ in place in the body, and a thread used in surgery for tying blood vessels is called a "ligature." More generally, a "ligature" is anything that binds or connects.
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