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[ih-lik-wid] /ɪˈlɪk wɪd/
adjective, (of an asset)
not readily convertible into cash; not liquid.
Origin of illiquid
1685-95; il-2 + liquid
Related forms
illiquidity, noun
illiquidly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for illiquid
  • These investments are also illiquid, so they are not well-suited to investors who may need cash in a hurry.
  • Most of their lending is long-term and illiquid, whereas many of the deposits they sit on can be pulled out at a moment's notice.
  • As it is, many stocks are quite small and illiquid so are difficult for big managers to own.
  • Falling prices are accentuated in illiquid markets such as residential property.
  • The market might become illiquid if those that had in effect sold insurance tried to exit their positions.
  • The less liquid they are, the harder this becomes and hedge funds specialise in illiquid securities.
  • But smaller, illiquid markets might not be corrected in this way.
  • They are highly illiquid markets, so manipulating could be done with relatively little effort and a bit of pocket money.
  • But the futures market is small and illiquid and may overstate the possible declines.
  • Funds of hedge funds and hedge funds may invest in highly illiquid securities that may be difficult to value.
British Dictionary definitions for illiquid


(of an asset) not easily convertible into cash
(of an enterprise, organization, etc) deficient in liquid assets
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Word Origin and History for illiquid

1690s, from il- "not" + liquid in the financial sense.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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