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.
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.
Libel can include pictures and any other representations that have public or permanent form; defamation.
Through French from Latin, libellus "little book", diminutive of liber. Originally "written declaration", later "something setting out the grounds for a lawsuit".
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".