[ in-sol-vuhnt ]
/ ɪnˈsɒl vənt /


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.


a person who is insolvent.

Origin of insolvent

First recorded in 1585–95; in-3 + solvent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for insolvent

/ (ɪnˈsɒlvənt) /


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


a person who is insolvent; bankrupt

Derived forms of insolvent

insolvency, noun
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