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liable (LIGH uh buhl) (adjective)
1. Concerning someone who is at risk for an accident: Janet warned, "Luis, be careful on the ladder because you are liable to fall."
2. Describing a person who is legally responsible for something: Jack said, "Ronda, you are liable for the repayment of your bank loan."
3. Bound or obliged in law or equity; responsible; chargeable; answerable; compelled to make satisfaction, compensation, or restitution: Borrowers are liable for the repayment for any loans they make with financial institutions.

The husband and wife were told that they were liable for their debts to the store.

libel (LIGH buhl) (noun)
A written or oral statement that expresses an unjust impression: The angry article in the newspaper appeared almost to be avowals of libel.
libel (LIGH buhl) (verb)
To utter or publish slanderous, treasonable, or obscene statements about someone: The defeated candidate tried to libel his opponents after the election.
slander (SLAN duhr) (noun)
Oral statements that defame another person's reputation; false charges: It is inappropriate to utter such slander about a neighbor.

Bryan lost his job on the basis of slander brought against him by a fellow worker.

The foreman was informed that he would be liable for any damage that was done to the reputation of the factory as the result of any libel or slander that was spread during the strike.

Lexicomedy: Affrontispiece.
This entry is located in the following units: Dictionary with a Touch of Humor (page 5) libr-, libel + (page 1)
libel, libelous
1. In law, a false and malicious published statement that damages someone's reputation.

Libel can include pictures and any other representations that have public or permanent form; defamation.

2. The making of false and damaging statements about somebody; attacking someone's reputation; to malign.

Through French from Latin, libellus "little book", diminutive of liber. Originally "written declaration", later "something setting out the grounds for a lawsuit".

3. To print slanderous statements against someone.
4. Etymology: "formal written statement"; especially, in civil law, "a plaintiff's statement of charges" (1340); from Old French libelle; from Latin libellus, "a little book, a petition"; from liber, "book".
This entry is located in the following unit: libr-, libel + (page 1)
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(Latin: book; originally, the "inner bark of a tree", whence "the text written on this", "collection of leaves for writing", and finally "book")