One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Unable to pay what one owes; insolvent. Now rare.
2Of a liquid: that is not a solvent.
3Of consumer goods: free from solvents.
A liquid that is not a solvent.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Ben Jonson (?1573–1637), poet and playwright. Probably from non- + classical Latin solvent-, solvens, present participle of solvere.
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