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[bangk-ruhpt-see, -ruh p-see] /ˈbæŋk rʌpt si, -rəp si/
noun, plural bankruptcies.
the state of being or becoming bankrupt.
utter ruin, failure, depletion, or the like.
Origin of bankruptcy
1690-1700; bankrupt + -cy
Related forms
prebankruptcy, noun, plural prebankruptcies. Unabridged
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/ˈbæŋkrʌptsɪ; -rəptsɪ/
noun (pl) -cies
the state, condition, or quality of being or becoming bankrupt
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Word Origin and History for bankruptcy

1700, from bankrupt, "probably on the analogy of insolvency, but with -t erroneously retained in spelling, instead of being merged in the suffix ...." [OED]. Figurative use from 1761.

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bankruptcy definition

Legally declared insolvency, or inability to pay creditors.

Note: If an individual or a corporation declares bankruptcy, a court will appoint an official to make an inventory of the individual's or corporation's assets and to establish a schedule by which creditors can be partially repaid what is owed them.
Note: An individual who is lacking a specific resource or quality is sometimes said to be bankrupt, as in intellectually bankrupt or morally bankrupt.
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