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Liable vs. Reliable — What's the Difference?

Liable vs. Reliable — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Liable and Reliable

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Liable

Legally obligated or responsible
Liable to pay for damages.
Liable for negligence.

Reliable

Capable of being relied on; dependable
A reliable assistant.
A reliable car.

Liable

Subject to undergoing or suffering something, especially something unpleasant. Used with to
We did not use glass containers because they are liable to breakage.

Reliable

Yielding the same or compatible results in different clinical experiments or statistical trials.

Liable

Likely. Often used with reference to an unfavorable outcome
People who are sleep deprived are liable to make mistakes.
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Reliable

Suitable or fit to be relied on; worthy of dependence, reliance or trust; dependable, trustworthy

Liable

Bound or obliged in law or equity; responsible; answerable.
The surety is liable for the debt of his principal.

Reliable

Such that either a sent packet will reach its destination, even if it requires retransmission, or the sender will be told that it didn't

Liable

Subject; susceptible.
This crime is liable to imprisonment for life.
A man liable to heart disease.

Reliable

Something or someone reliable or dependable
The old reliables

Liable

Exposed to a certain contingency or causality, more or less probable.

Reliable

Suitable or fit to be relied on; worthy of dependance or reliance; trustworthy.
The best means, and most reliable pledge, of a higher object.
According to General Livingston's humorous account, his own village of Elizabethtown was not much more reliable, being peopled in those agitated times by "unknown, unrecommended strangers, guilty-looking Tories, and very knavish Whigs."

Liable

Likely.

Reliable

Worthy of reliance or trust;
A reliable source of information
A dependable worker

Liable

Bound or obliged in law or equity; responsible; answerable; as, the surety is liable for the debt of his principal.

Reliable

Conforming to fact and therefore worthy of belief;
An authentic account by an eyewitness
Reliable information

Liable

Exposed to a certain contingency or casualty, more or less probable; - with to and an infinitive or noun; as, liable to slip; liable to accident.
Proudly secure, yet liable to fall.
All human things are subject to decay.

Reliable

Worthy of being depended on;
A dependable worker
An honest working stiff
A reliable source of information
He was true to his word
I would be true for there are those who trust me

Liable

At risk of or subject to experiencing something usually unpleasant;
He is apt to lose
She is liable to forget

Liable

Subject to legal action;
Liable to criminal charges

Liable

(often followed by `to') likely to be affected with;
Liable to diabetes

Liable

Held legally responsible;
Men between the ages of 18 and 35 were liable for military service

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