liable vs libel : Common Errors in English

About liable vs libel

If you are likely to do something you are liable to do it; and if a debt can legitimately be charged to you, you are liable for it. A person who defames you with a false accusation libels you. There is no such word as “lible.”

liable Meaning(s)

  • (s) at risk of or subject to experiencing something usually unpleasant
  • (s) subject to legal action
  • (s) (often followed by `to') likely to be affected with
  • (s) held legally responsible

libel Meaning(s)

  • (n) a false and malicious publication printed for the purpose of defaming a living person
  • (n) the written statement of a plaintiff explaining the cause of action (the defamation) and any relief he seeks
  • (v) print slanderous statements against

liable in News

  1. Children and school-related injuries

    Children are hurt in schools and school-related activities on a daily basis. While schools and their employees are not automatically responsible for every injury that occurs, they are liable for harm to students when they fail to act in a manner consistent with their duty to keep children safe.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Palm Beach Post

  2. Outten & Golden LLP: Court Rules for Unpaid Interns, Certifies Class Action Against Fox

    NEW YORK, June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A New York federal court ruled Fox Searchlight Pictures Inc. and Fox Entertainment Group, Inc. are liable for failing to pay interns in violation of federal and ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance

  3. Jury finds APD officer not liable for Carter's death

    The jury ruled on Tuesday that Austin Police Officer Nathan Wagner was not liable and did not use excessive force when she shot and killed Byron Carter, Jr. in 2011.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: FOX 7 Austin

libel in News

  1. Work ethic, writing ability leads Pine-Richland eighth-grader to state recognition

    By Deborah Deasy, Pine Creek Journal A fondness for English and social studies paid off for Joey Mullen, 14. His report on an 18th-century libel trial won the junior individual historical ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Pine Creek Journal

  2. Colorado sheriffs’ opposition to new gun laws (2 letters)

    Re: “Colorado sheriffs wrestle with new gun laws in differing ways,” June 9 news story. One can only marvel at the brilliant legal minds of the dissident and litigious Colorado sheriffs, who, despite First Amendment rights being limited by laws against libel, inciting to violence, yelling “fire” in a crowded theater, etc., and even with [...]
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Denver Post

  3. Mayor adds Gippert to libel suit

    Outspoken Forest Park Public Works Director Mike Gippert has been added to a libel lawsuit filed against two women by Mayor David Lockhart based on statements he made to the Clayton News Daily last week.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Clayton News Daily

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