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  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.
  1. a person who is insolvent.

Origin of insolvent

First recorded in 1585–95; in-3 + solvent

Synonyms for insolvent

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British Dictionary definitions for in-solvent


  1. (of a person, company, etc) having insufficient assets to meet debts and liabilities; bankrupt
  2. of or relating to bankrupts or bankruptcy
  1. a person who is insolvent; bankrupt
Derived Formsinsolvency, noun
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Word Origin and History for in-solvent



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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