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liability

noun

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1 a feature of someone or something that creates difficulty for achieving success
  • though his small size is a liability as a football player, he makes up for it with speed

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2 the state of being held as the cause of something that needs to be set right
  • the liability for the accident is held by the person who was driving too fast

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3 the state of being left without shelter or protection against something harmful
  • failure to properly clean the wound could increase your liability to infection

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4 the quality or state of being likely to occur
  • what's the liability that he'll file a formal complaint if he's refused admission?

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5 usually liabilities plural something (as money) which is owed
  • your liabilities total about $200,000

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The first known use of liability was in 1705

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“Liability.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/liability. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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