Definition of insolvent
1a : unable to pay debts as they fall due in the usual course of businessb : having liabilities in excess of a reasonable market value of assets held
2 : insufficient to pay all debts an insolvent estate
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Under the new rules, national governments are not supposed to inject fresh taxpayer money into a bank if it is deemed insolvent.
Those aggressive expansion plans contrast with what’s happening at the likes of British Airways or labor strife-ridden Air France -- not to mention insolvent Alitalia.
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First Known Use of insolvent
INSOLVENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of insolvent for English Language Learners
: not having enough money to pay debts
Legal Definition of insolvent
1 : having ceased paying or unable to pay debts as they fall due in the usual course of business — compare bankrupt
2 : having liabilities in excess of a reasonable market value of assets held
3 : insufficient to pay all debts an insolvent estate
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