[sol-vuh n-see]


solvent condition; ability to pay all just debts.

Origin of solvency

First recorded in 1720–30; solv(ent) + -ency Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for solvency

wealth, richness

Examples from the Web for solvency

Contemporary Examples of solvency

Historical Examples of solvency

  • With him, as with the average Frenchman, solvency was an eleventh commandment.

    In the Heart of Vosges

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • Thereby the solvency of the German exchequer would be moderately insured.

    Oswald Langdon

    Carson Jay Lee

  • To discredit one is to injure his reputation, as for veracity or solvency.

    English Synonyms and Antonyms

    James Champlin Fernald

  • Not merely the home was in danger, but Tom's position and career, also Tom's solvency.

    Double Harness

    Anthony Hope

  • One could not be mistaken about the gesture: he had his doubts about my solvency.

British Dictionary definitions for solvency



ability to pay all debts
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Word Origin and History for solvency

1727, from solvent + -cy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper