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[in-sol-vuh nt] /ɪnˈsɒl vənt/
not solvent; unable to satisfy creditors or discharge liabilities, either because liabilities exceed assets or because of inability to pay debts as they mature.
pertaining to bankrupt persons or bankruptcy.
a person who is insolvent.
Origin of insolvent
1585-95; in-3 + solvent
1. penniless, destitute, impoverished, bankrupt. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for insolvent
  • Remember, the system was about to collapse and they needed the public coffers to keep an insolvent private banking industry alive.
  • In the old days, bank runs would start when people grew fearful that a bank was insolvent.
  • Its auditors judged that if the transaction went ahead the company would become technically insolvent.
  • It means, among other things, that the big four are technically insolvent.
  • If they honestly admitted the market value of the loans, shares and property they hold, many would be insolvent.
  • Negative equity does not reduce homeowners' mobility when people are insolvent or willing to default.
  • Such an infusion would greatly reduce the chances that the company would be declared insolvent.
  • Meanwhile, an insolvent banking system needs to be recapitalised.
  • Most of these countries are either insolvent or well on their way.
  • Patchy compensation schemes have left some displaced families insolvent.
British Dictionary definitions for insolvent


(of a person, company, etc) having insufficient assets to meet debts and liabilities; bankrupt
of or relating to bankrupts or bankruptcy
a person who is insolvent; bankrupt
Derived Forms
insolvency, noun
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Word Origin and History for insolvent

1590s, "unable to pay one's debts," from in- (1) "not" + Latin solventem "paying" (see solvent). Originally of one who was not a trader; only traders could become bankrupt.

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