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insolvent

[in-sol-vuh nt] /ɪnˈsɒl vənt/
adjective
1.
not solvent; unable to satisfy creditors or discharge liabilities, either because liabilities exceed assets or because of inability to pay debts as they mature.
2.
pertaining to bankrupt persons or bankruptcy.
noun
3.
a person who is insolvent.
Origin of insolvent
1585-1595
First recorded in 1585-95; in-3 + solvent
Synonyms
1. penniless, destitute, impoverished, bankrupt.
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  • It was quite as good as an insolvent Act, and infinitely more genteel.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • The banking house of which he had been the head was insolvent.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Let us suppose that the estate is insolvent and cannot pay all of its debts in full.

  • An insolvent debtor had spit in his face; he bore it smilingly.

    Samuel Brohl & Company Victor Cherbuliez
  • It would not be long before he found out we were insolvent, and—defaulters.

  • If he collected every cent due him he would be just as insolvent.

    Dominie Dean Ellis Parker Butler
British Dictionary definitions for insolvent

insolvent

/ɪnˈsɒlvənt/
adjective
1.
(of a person, company, etc) having insufficient assets to meet debts and liabilities; bankrupt
2.
of or relating to bankrupts or bankruptcy
noun
3.
a person who is insolvent; bankrupt
Derived Forms
insolvency, noun
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Word Origin and History for insolvent
adj.

1590s, "unable to pay one's debts," from in- (1) "not" + Latin solventem "paying" (see solvent). Originally of one who was not a trader; only traders could become bankrupt.

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