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In context of securities, easily traded or converted to cash.
In context of a corporation, the state of having enough cash and cash equivalents to cover short-term obligations.


Easy convertibility into cash. A liquid asset or security can be easily bought or sold with little or no impact on price. Most methods of counting money supply include some highly liquid investments such as certificates of deposit. Liquid assets and investments are highly desirable as they may be sold to allow an investor to enter other investments as they arise. On exchanges, liquid investments usually have low bid-ask spreads. See also: Illiquid, Liquidity preference hypothesis.


1. Of, relating to, or being an asset that may be bought or sold in a short period of time with relatively small price changes engendered by the transaction. A U.S. Treasury bill is an example of a very liquid asset. (Many issues of municipal bonds are not very liquid.) Compare illiquid.
2. Of, relating to, or being an investment position in which most of the assets are in money or near money. This kind of position generally earns a relatively low return but allows the investor to take advantage of other investment opportunities.
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All animals in the CE, CI and CC groups were fed with Nuvilab CR-1 Autoclave ration for mice as solid diet and rats in the CI group took water ad libitum (at will) as liquid diet.
The control rats were fed an equal amount of rat chow as that consumed by rats in the alcohol group and an equal volume of liquid diet, with the ethanol replaced by isocaloric amounts of carbohydrate.
The liquid diet had given her intestines time to recover from the shock of surgery.
8 million in 1999, but the 58-year-old died of self-neglect last December after living on a liquid diet of spirits, wine and lager.
The Beverly Hills Diet: a concentrated liquid diet drink that is a compare-and-save version of the Hollywood Celebrity Diet.
Muraoka quoted Kumiko as saying that her husband is recovering steadily and is having normal meals instead of a liquid diet.
I was on a liquid diet for 50 days, until September 4.
The appeals court held that summary judgment was precluded by questions of fact as to whether the officials intentionally interfered with previously prescribed medical treatment for the prisoner's broken jaw by falling to provide a liquid diet and failing to return the prisoner to the hospital for treatment.
Treatment involves bed rest and a liquid diet to relieve the bowel, and antibiotics to deal with the infection--plus medication to relieve pain and bowel cramps, if necessary.
A liquid diet means fat-free bouillon or broth, Jell-O[R], strained fruit juice, water, plain coffee, plain tea, or diet soda.
Although he once lost more than 500 pounds on a liquid diet, Hudson eventually gained all the weight back.