Liable means “legally subject to” or “responsible for.”
Libel refers to “anything circulated in writing or pictures that injures someone’s good reputation.”
When someone’s reputation is injured in speech, the term is slander
Sometimes we use the word “liable” when we really mean “likely.” Likely means that there is a possibility.
1. If you hit someone’s car, you are liable for the damages.
2. You can’t say that about me! That’s slander!
3. I am likely to hit you if you say that again!
4. Our company sued the newspaper for libel.