The adjective liable (a three-syllable word) means legally responsible for something or likely to do or be something.
The noun libel (a two-syllable word) refers to a false publication that damages a person's reputation. As a verb, libel means to defame someone by publishing a libel.
- The court ruled that school officials cannot be held financially liable for the improper search.
- Because of rising legal costs, regional newspapers may not be able to defend themselves in libel actions.
(a) While _____ and slander are regulated by law in the real world, in the cyberworld almost anything goes.
(b) When Benny lost his temper, anything was _____ to happen.