Last edited 14 Mar 2022


In its broadest sense, the word 'liability' refers to a responsibility placed on someone, or something that places them at a disadvantage.

Liability has a number of more specific meanings, depending on the context in which it is used:

More detailed examples include:

NB The UN Procurement Practitioner's Handbook, produced by the Interagency Procurement Working Group (IAPWG) in 2006 and updated in 2012 defines liability as: ‘Any obligation incurred as a result of law, rule or agreement; being legally obliged and responsible; a debt or an obligation to another party.’

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