a liquid state or quality.
the ability or ease with which assets can be converted into cash.

Origin of liquidity

From the Latin word liquiditās, dating back to 1610–20. See liquid, -ity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for liquidity

Contemporary Examples of liquidity

Historical Examples of liquidity

  • The prevailing ideas in such circumstances are peace and liquidity!

  • Cones built of lava vary in form according to the liquidity of the lava.

    The Elements of Geology

    William Harmon Norton

  • In many a place, criminals are the only ones who have any liquidity at all.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • Such loans lack the liquidity which the bank must insist upon.

    The Value of Money

    Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.

  • But banks do need a substantial margin of liquidity, to protect the rest.

    The Value of Money

    Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.

British Dictionary definitions for liquidity



the possession of sufficient liquid assets to discharge current liabilities
the state or quality of being liquid
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for liquidity

1610s, "quality of being liquid," from Late Latin liquiditatem (nominative liquiditas), from Latin liquidus (see liquid). Meaning "quality of being financially liquid" is from 1897.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

liquidity in Culture



The condition of having enough money on hand to meet financial obligations without having to sell fixed assets, such as machinery or equipment.

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