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liability

li·a·bil·i·ty

liability

 
 
pronunciation:
laI bI lih ti
features:
Word Combinations (noun)
part of speech: noun
inflections: liabilities
definition 1: the condition of or potential for being held responsible.
Because of the school's liability, parents must sign permission slips for children to go on field trips.
 
synonyms:
obligation, responsibility
antonyms:
immunity, impunity
similar words:
blame, burden, chargeability, onus
definition 2: (usu. pl.) financial obligation; debts.
They refused him the loan, stating that his liabilities were already too high.
synonyms:
debt, indebtedness
antonyms:
asset
similar words:
obligation, responsibility
definition 3: area of weakness; disadvantage; susceptibility.
Her speech impediment is a liability in the acting profession.
synonyms:
encumbrance
antonyms:
advantage, asset
similar words:
disadvantage, drawback, handicap, impediment, susceptibility, weakness
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