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[sol-vuh n-see] /ˈsɒl vən si/
solvent condition; ability to pay all just debts.
1720-30; solv(ent) + -ency Unabridged
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Examples from the web for solvency
  • More broadly, the rating agencies have never given us any reason to take their judgments about national solvency seriously.
  • Today, the problem may be more a shortage of solvency, which is harder to solve.
  • Investors now fret about the solvency of bigger countries.
  • But such a backstop can only be credible if there are no doubts about the government's solvency.
  • The question is whether this threatens the solvency of governments.
  • The euro crisis was brought on by investors with genuine worries about the solvency of several euro-zone countries.
  • Rather the limits of solvency are tested by people's willingness to accept tax rises and spending cuts.
  • And illiquidity is a symptom of concerns about solvency.
  • At root, the solvency of a country is determined by the government's capacity to raise revenues and cut spending.
  • The other brutal lesson of the crisis concerns the way liquidity can affect solvency.
British Dictionary definitions for solvency


ability to pay all debts
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for solvency

1727, from solvent + -cy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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