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[lik-wi-dey-shuh n] /ˌlɪk wɪˈdeɪ ʃən/
the process of realizing upon assets and of discharging liabilities in concluding the affairs of a business, estate, etc.
the process of converting securities or commodities into cash.
the state of being liquidated:
an estate in liquidation.
Origin of liquidation
1565-75; liquidate + -ion
Related forms
nonliquidation, noun
preliquidation, noun
reliquidation, noun Unabridged
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  1. the process of terminating the affairs of a business firm, etc, by realizing its assets to discharge its liabilities
  2. the state of a business firm, etc, having its affairs so terminated (esp in the phrase to go into liquidation)
destruction; elimination
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Word Origin and History for liquidation

1570s, noun of action from Late Latin liquidare (see liquidate); originally as a legal term in reference to assets; of inconvenient groups of persons, 1925 in communist writings.

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liquidation in Culture

liquidation definition

The conversion of the assets of a firm into cash, often just before the firm goes out of business.

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