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Comparative law notes

The English term "liability" is very broad and covers a number of narrower terms and concepts under German law such as "Haftung", "Verbindlichkeit" , "Belastung", "Verantwortung" and "Schuld". The German term "Haftpflict" focuses on the tortfeasor's compensatory duty in the event he or she is liable for the injury or damage.

Definitions of liability

(usually plural: liabilities) business debts

Pension schemes face deficits when liabilities exceed the value of the funds.

legal responsibility for acts or omissions (=failures to act, especially when you should have)

The Ministry of Defence pays compensation wherever there is a legal liability to do so.