in·​sol·​ven·​cy | \ (ˌ)in-ˈsäl-vən(t)-sē How to pronounce insolvency (audio) , -ˈsȯl- \

Definition of insolvency

: the fact or state of being insolvent : inability to pay debts

Synonyms & Antonyms for insolvency



  • solvency
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Examples of insolvency in a Sentence

unless the economy improves, many resorts in the area face insolvency
Recent Examples on the Web As Mottley began to shepherd Barbados through its own insolvency, Grenada’s experience taught her that success would depend on her ability to use the IMF to her advantage. Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, 27 July 2022 As Mottley began to shepherd Barbados through its own insolvency, Grenada’s experience taught her that success would depend on her ability to use the I.M.F. to her advantage. New York Times, 27 July 2022 Celsius’s insolvency is uncharted territory in bankruptcy law, which has few guidelines on how to treat crypto deposits. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 19 July 2022 The reopening of the Campione casino took place in June 2021, almost 3 years after the shutdown, in January 2018, when the Como general court had sentenced its insolvency. Irene Dominioni, Forbes, 18 July 2022 Celsius’s announced insolvency—long expected by crypto observers—so far isn’t hurting the larger crypto market. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 14 July 2022 Taking on risk At the same time, funds began taking on riskier assets during the bull run and low-interest environment to make up for some insolvency. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 14 July 2022 The bailout all but guarantees future insolvency or another bailout and constitutes a massive giveaway to labor unions. Howard B. Adler And Alex J. Pollock, WSJ, 11 July 2022 The roughly 200 pension plans receiving assistance faced possible insolvency without government aid. Aamer Madhani,, 6 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of insolvency

1660, in the meaning defined above

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12 Aug 2022

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“Insolvency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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in·​sol·​ven·​cy | \ in-ˈsäl-vən-sē How to pronounce insolvency (audio) \
plural insolvencies

Legal Definition of insolvency

1 : the fact or state of being insolvent — compare bankruptcy
2 : insufficiency (as of an estate) to discharge all enforceable debts

Note: Insolvency matters are covered under the Bankruptcy Code.

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