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actuary

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noun ac·tu·ary \ˈak-chə-ˌwer-ē, -shə-, -ˌwe-rē-\

Simple Definition of actuary

  • : a person whose job is to tell insurance companies how much they should charge people for insurance based on risks

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of actuary

plural

actuaries

  1. 1 obsolete :  clerk, registrar

  2. 2 :  a person who calculates insurance and annuity premiums, reserves, and dividends

Origin and Etymology of actuary

Latin actuarius shorthand writer, alteration of actarius, from actum record — more at act


First Known Use: 1553

Rhymes with actuary

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actuary

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noun ac·tu·ary \ˈak-chə-ˌwer-ē, -shə-\

Legal Definition of actuary

plural

actuaries

  1. :  a person who calculates insurance and annuity premiums, reserves, and dividends




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