- 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
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1. penniless, destitute, impoverished, bankrupt.
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Examples from the Web for insolvent
For more than a year now, little Greece has been insolvent after its politicians recklessly piled up $467 billion in debt.Why Europe’s Crisis Matters
July 21, 2011
The truth, as many experts have maintained, is that the leading banks are insolvent, and have been so for more than a year.Geithner's Stress Test Sham
May 7, 2009
As we have seen over the last 18 months, the latter is what near- insolvent banks do.Does Obama Have a Plan B?
Adam S. Posen
March 29, 2009
And the reality is, if the subprime securities are truly trash, most of the big banks are troubled and some are insolvent.The Geithner Plan Won't Work
James K. Galbraith
March 24, 2009
It was quite as good as an Insolvent Act, and infinitely more genteel.Barnaby Rudge
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.Up To Date Business
An insolvent debtor had spit in his face; he bore it smilingly.Samuel Brohl & Company
It would not be long before he found out we were insolvent, and—defaulters.The Mystery of Lincoln's Inn
- (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
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Word Origin and History for insolvent
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