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: a debtor (as an individual or organization) whose property is subject to administration under the bankruptcy laws for the benefit of the debtor's creditors [was adjudicated a ] — see also debtor
adj : ruined financially
: judicially declared a bankrupt [the company is ] compare insolvent
vt : to reduce to bankruptcy [was ed by attorney's fees]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.