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adjective (of an asset)
  1. not readily convertible into cash; not liquid.
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Origin of illiquid

First recorded in 1685–95; il-2 + liquid
Related formsil·li·quid·i·ty, nounil·liq·uid·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for illiquid


  1. (of an asset) not easily convertible into cash
  2. (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.

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