What is bankruptcy?

  • (noun): A state of complete lack of some abstract property.
    Example: "Spiritual bankruptcy"; "moral bankruptcy"; "intellectual bankruptcy"
    See also — Additional definitions below


Bankruptcy is a legal status of an insolvent person or an organisation, that is, one who cannot repay the debts they owe to creditors. In most jurisdictions bankruptcy is imposed by a court order, often initiated by the debtor.

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Lord Nicholas Hervey - Illness, Bankruptcy, and Death
... from Yale University, and in 1991, after being forced to declare bankruptcy, voluntarily underwent treatment in a clinic ... He was forced to declare bankruptcy due to his owing £38,000, which the trustees of his trust refused to fund, to lawyers of the defendants following the failure of the lawsuit he and his elder half-brother brought ... her wealth was estimated at £45,000,000), did not act to prevent the bankruptcy, which immediately preceded his institutionalization ...
My Rich Uncle - Bankruptcy
... On February 9, 2009, MRU filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation and suspended all operations ... The company received a payment acceleration notice from Longview Marquis Master Fund LP due to the breach of a loan covenant ...
Reddy Ice
... The company declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy on April 5, 2012, in Dallas citing $434 million in assets against $531 million liabilities ... According to a prepackaged bankruptcy plan backed by Centerbridge Partners the company would merge Arctic Glacier which is also in bankruptcy with Centerbridge forgiving the debt in ...
Fraudulent Conveyances Act 1571 - United States
... Both the Bankruptcy Act of 1938 and the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1978 also included their own versions of the UFCA, thus ensuring that bankruptcy trustees can "avoid" (in other words, reverse) fraudulent transfers ...
Bankruptcy - In Individual Countries - Europe in General
... An increase in the number of bankruptcy cases does not necessarily entail an increase in bad debt write-off rates for the economy as a whole ... Bankruptcy statistics are also a trailing indicator ... a time delay between financial difficulties and bankruptcy ...

More definitions of "bankruptcy":

  • (noun): Inability to discharge all your debts as they come due.
    Example: "The company had to declare bankruptcy"
    Synonyms: failure
  • (noun): A legal process intended to insure equality among the creditors of a corporation declared in bankruptcy.

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