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Meaning of asset

as•set

Pronunciation: (as'et), [key]
— n.
  1. a useful and desirable thing or quality: Organizational ability is an asset.
  2. a single item of ownership having exchange value.
    1. items of ownership convertible into cash; total resources of a person or business, as cash, notes and accounts receivable, securities, inventories, goodwill, fixtures, machinery, or real estate (opposed to liabilities).
    2. Accounting.the items detailed on a balance sheet, esp. in relation to liabilities and capital.
    3. all property available for the payment of debts, esp. of a bankrupt or insolvent firm or person.
    4. Law.property in the hands of an heir, executor, or administrator, that is sufficient to pay the debts or legacies of a deceased person.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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