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liability

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of liability

  1. 1 a feature of someone or something that creates difficulty for achieving success a retired football player whose chief asset—his prodigious girth—has now become a liability Synonyms of liability debit, disbenefit, downside, drawback, handicap, incommodity, disadvantage, minus, negative, strikeWords Related to liability albatross, millstone, stranglehold; disability, impairment; failing, shortcoming; bar, catch, check, clog, crimp, embarrassment, hindrance, hitch, hurdle, impediment, interference, let, manacle, obstacle, obstruction, rub, shackle, stop, trammelNear Antonyms of liability vantage; head start, jump, lead, margin, start; ascendancy (also ascendency), better, command, control, drop, mastery, predominance, superiority, supremacy, transcendence, upper hand; prerogative, privilege; break, opportunity; aid, assistance, helpAntonyms of liability advantage, asset, edge, plus

  2. 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 Synonyms of liability blame, fault, responsibilityWords Related to liability accountability, answerability

  3. 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 Synonyms of liability exposure, openness, vulnerabilityWords Related to liability predisposition, susceptibility; defenselessness, helplessness, weakness; danger, jeopardy, peril, riskNear Antonyms of liability protection, safeguarding, sheltering, shielding

  4. 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? Synonyms of liability probability, likelihoodWords Related to liability credibility, plausibility, plausibleness; feasibility, feasibleness, possibility, potentiality, reasonability, reasonableness, viabilityNear Antonyms of liability doubtfulness, dubiousness; impracticability, impracticality; implausibility, incredibility, incrediblenessAntonyms of liability improbability, unlikelihood, unlikeliness

  5. 5 usually liabilities pl  something (as money) which is owed your liabilities total about $200,000 Synonyms of liability arrearage, arrears, indebtedness, debt (usually liabilities), obligation, scoreWords Related to liability bond, debit, delinquency; bankruptcy, default, embarrassment, insolvencyNear Antonyms of liability quietus, quittance, repayment; asset



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