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limited liability

noun
1.
a liability restricted by law or contract, as the liability of owners of shares in a corporation or limited company, or that of a special partner.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55
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  • These multi-nationally owned, limited liability companies care only for getting the gas out of the ground quickly and cheaply.
  • The problem is one of the failure to balance regulation with the system of limited liability.
  • Incorporation with limited liability is a privilege.
  • In return for the privilege of limited liability, society has always demanded vaguely good behaviour from them.
  • But that was deemed to deprive industry of much-needed capital so limited liability was brought in.
  • Corporations are subject to double taxation, but they enjoy limited liability and great economies of scale.
  • limited liability incorporation is a privilege, not a right.
  • However, important these may be for the specific form of limited liability.
  • He cannot declare limited liability, or obtain insurance or cheap credit.
  • Provisions relating to the formation of limited liability trust companies.
British Dictionary definitions for limited liability

limited liability

noun
1.
(Brit) liability restricted to the unpaid portion (if any) of the par value of the shares of a limited company. It is a feature of share ownership
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limited liability in Culture

limited liability definition


A fundamental feature of corporations, whereby investors are liable only up to the amount of their investment.

Note: This principle is important for failing corporations because it holds that only the assets of the corporation, not the personal assets of its owners, can be liquidated (see liquidation) to cover the corporation's debts.
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