To be held legally responsible or obligated.
Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
Legally responsible. For example, a person may be liable for a debt, liable for an accident due to careless behavior, liable for failing do something required by a contract, or liable for the commission of a crime. Someone who is found liable for an act or omission must usually pay money damages or, if the act was a criminal one, face punishment. (See also: liability
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:19 pm