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A financial obligation, or the cash outlay that must be made at a specific time to satisfy the contractual terms of such an obligation.
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An obligation to pay an amount in money, goods, or services to another party. The balance sheet lists the liabilities. Also called debt. Compare asset. See also contingent liability, current liability.
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In personal finance, liabilities are the amounts you owe to creditors, or the people and organizations that lend you money. Typical liabilities include your mortgage, car and educational loans, and credit card debt.

When you figure your net worth, you subtract your liabilities, or what you owe, from your assets. The result is your net worth, or the cash value of what you own.

In business, liabilities refer to money a company owes its creditors and any claims against its assets.

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a claim on the resources of an individual or business in respect of monies borrowed. A liability is thus a form of DEBT, for example a bank overdraft or LOAN, a building society MORTGAGE. See ASSET, BALANCE SHEET.
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a claim on the resources of an individual or business in respect of monies borrowed. A liability is thus a form of DEBT, for example, a bank overdraft or LOAN, a building society MORTGAGE. See ASSET, BALANCE SHEET.
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(1) A debt or obligation. (2) A potential loss,such as a poorly trained,poorly supervised real estate agent who may be a liability.

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