solvent

1 of 2

adjective

sol·​vent ˈsäl-vənt How to pronounce solvent (audio)
ˈsȯl-
1
: able to pay all legal debts
a solvent company
2
: that dissolves or can dissolve
solvent action of water
solvently adverb

solvent

2 of 2

noun

1
: a usually liquid substance capable of dissolving or dispersing one or more other substances
2
: something that provides a solution
3
: something that eliminates or attenuates something especially unwanted
solventless adjective

Example Sentences

Adjective He couldn't stay solvent after losing his business.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
The easiest way to prevent this is for central banks to act as the lender of last resort, providing liquidity to all solvent commercial banks that temporarily have a shortfall in funding. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 20 Mar. 2023 The shutdown of a solvent bank is also new and suggests that regulators may be picking winners in the banking industry. Natalie Smolenski, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2023 That situation ended when the government finally lived up to its responsibility starting in the 1930s — creating a solvent Federal Reserve System and imposing consumer- and investor-friendly regulations, among other things. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 9 Nov. 2022 Wintermute officials said the organization remains solvent, with hundreds of millions of dollars in liquid assets. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 20 Sep. 2022 The utility has lost money for years and, despite steep tariff increases for customers, still relies on government bailouts to remain solvent. Jessie Gretener, CNN, 10 Feb. 2023 Meanwhile, NGOs like ShareAction can take a harder line, insisting that any resolution with a positive ESG impact should be passed, but have no responsibility to make sure a company beats its competitors, or even remains solvent. Cassie Werber And Amanda Shendruk, Quartz, 19 Jan. 2023 Few architects can be saintly and solvent at the same time; being in business requires some measure of complicity. Curbed, 17 Mar. 2022 But if a hefty chunk of their money went directly to players, as his own letter was soliciting, would enough remain for his department to fund more than two dozen other teams and remain solvent? Bruce Schoenfeld, New York Times, 24 Jan. 2023
Noun
The budget also includes an increase to Medicare tax rates for people earning more than $400,000 per year in an effort to keep the program solvent and expand Medicare’s ability to negotiate prescription drug prices. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 10 Mar. 2023 For Social Security, Biden's budget proposes $1.4 billion for Social Security staff and information technology but no tax overhaul to make the program solvent. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, 9 Mar. 2023 The White House says its Medicare plan would keep that program solvent for at least another 25 years. Jeff Stein, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Mar. 2023 Also, the tax that companies pay on stock buybacks would rise fourfold and those earning more than $400,000 would pay an additional Medicare tax that would help to keep the program solvent beyond the year 2050. Josh Boak, Chicago Tribune, 9 Mar. 2023 Keeping Medicare solvent Biden wants to extend the solvency of Medicare by 25 years by raising tax rates on people earning more than $400,000 a year. Courtney Subramanian, Los Angeles Times, 9 Mar. 2023 According to the White House, the changes would keep the fund solvent until the 2050s, about 25 years longer than currently expected. Chris Megerian, Fortune, 7 Mar. 2023 According to the White House, the changes would keep the fund solvent until the 2050s, about 25 years longer than currently expected. Chris Megerian, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Mar. 2023 Ethylene glycol is a solvent used in paints, inks, and cleaning products. Jill Neimark, STAT, 21 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Latin solvent-, solvens, present participle of solvere to dissolve, pay

First Known Use

Adjective

1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of solvent was in 1630

Dictionary Entries Near solvent

Cite this Entry

“Solvent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/solvent. Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

solvent

1 of 2 adjective
sol·​vent ˈsäl-vənt How to pronounce solvent (audio)
ˈsȯl-
: able to pay all legal debts

solvent

2 of 2 noun
: a usually liquid substance capable of dissolving one or more other substances

Medical Definition

solvent

1 of 2 adjective
: that dissolves or can dissolve
solvent fluids
solvent action of water

solvent

2 of 2 noun
: a substance capable of or used in dissolving or dispersing one or more other substances
especially : a liquid component of a solution present in greater amount than the solute

Legal Definition

solvent

adjective
sol·​vent ˈsäl-vənt How to pronounce solvent (audio)
: able to pay all legal debts as they become due
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