insolvent

[ in-sol-vuhnt ]
/ ɪnˈsɒl vənt /

adjective

not solvent; unable to satisfy creditors or discharge liabilities, either because liabilities exceed assets or because of inability to pay debts as they mature.
pertaining to bankrupt persons or bankruptcy.

noun

a person who is insolvent.

Nearby words

  1. insolubilize,
  2. insoluble,
  3. insolvable,
  4. insolvency,
  5. insolvency provision,
  6. insomnia,
  7. insomniac,
  8. insomnolence,
  9. insomuch,
  10. insomuch as

Origin of insolvent

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

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British Dictionary definitions for in-solvent

insolvent

/ (ɪnˈsɒlvənt) /

adjective

(of a person, company, etc) having insufficient assets to meet debts and liabilities; bankrupt
of or relating to bankrupts or bankruptcy

noun

a person who is insolvent; bankrupt
Derived Formsinsolvency, noun

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Word Origin and History for in-solvent

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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