- able to pay all just debts.
- having the power of dissolving; causing solution.
Origin of solvent
- capable of meeting financial obligations
- (of a substance, esp a liquid) capable of dissolving another substance
- a liquid capable of dissolving another substancewater is a solvent for salt
- the component of a solution that does not change its state in forming the solution or the component that is present in excessCompare solute
- something that solves
Word Origin for solvent
1650s, "able to pay all one owes," from French solvent, from Latin solventem (nominative solvens), present participle of solvere "loosen, dissolve" (see solve).
"substance able to dissolve other substances," 1670s, from Latin solventem (see solvent (n.)).
- Capable of dissolving another substance.
- A substance in which another substance is dissolved, forming a solution.
- A substance capable of dissolving another substance.
- A substance that can dissolve another substance, or in which another substance is dissolved, forming a solution. Water is the most common solvent.