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annuity

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noun, an·nu·ity \ə-ˈnü-ə-tē, -ˈnyü-\

Simple Definition of annuity

  • : a fixed amount of money that is paid to someone each year

  • : an insurance policy or an investment that pays someone a fixed amount of money each year

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of annuity

plural annuities

  1. 1 :  a sum of money payable yearly or at other regular intervals

  2. 2 :  the right to receive an annuity

  3. 3 :  a contract or agreement providing for the payment of an annuity

Examples of annuity in a sentence

  1. Part of her retirement income will come from an annuity.

  2. <his grandfather's will provided him with an annuity of $5,000 a year to be used for school expenses>



Origin of annuity

Middle English annuite, from Anglo-French annuité, from Medieval Latin annuitat-, annuitas, from Latin annuus yearly


First Known Use: 15th century


ANNUITY Defined for Kids

annuity

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noun an·nu·ity \ə-ˈnü-ə-tē, -ˈnyü-\

Definition of annuity for Students

plural annuities

  1. :  a sum of money paid yearly or at other regular intervals




Law Dictionary

annuity

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noun an·nu·ity \ə-ˈnü-ə-tē, -ˈnyü-\

Legal Definition of annuity

plural annuities

  1. 1 :  an amount payable at regular intervals (as yearly or quarterly) for a certain or uncertain period

  2. 2 :  the grant of or the right to receive an annuity <his will included annuities for several old friends>

  3. 3 :  a contract (as with an insurance company) under which one or more persons receive annuities in return for prior fixed payments made by themselves or another (as an employer) annuity certain, plural annuities certain :  an annuity payable over a specified period even if the annuitant dies annuity due, plural annuities due :  an immediate annuity in which the payment of the benefits is made at the beginning of each payment interval rather than at the end contingent annuity :  an annuity whose starting or ending date depends on the occurrence of an event (as the death of the annuitant) whose date is uncertain conventional annuity :  an annuity under which the annuitant receives a specified minimum amount at each payment — compare variable annuity in this entry deferred annuity :  an annuity in which payment of benefits is delayed until a particular time (as at retirement) — compare immediate annuity in this entry group annuity :  a pension plan paying annuity benefits at retirement for all eligible persons under a single master contract usually issued to an employer for the benefit of its employees immediate annuity :  an annuity purchased with a single premium in which payment of benefits begins within the first payment interval (as within a year) — compare deferred annuity in this entry joint–and–survivor annuity :  an annuity payable as long as any of the two or more annuitants remains alive —called also joint-and-last-survivor annuity, joint and survivorship annuity, joint life and survivorship annuity — compare joint life annuity in this entry joint life annuity :  an annuity payable only until the death of any of the annuitants —called also joint annuity — compare joint-and-survivor annuity in this entry life annuity :  an annuity payable during the annuitant's lifetime and terminating at death —called also straight life annuity life income–period certain annuity :  an annuity that guarantees a minimum number of payments even if the annuitant dies before the minimum amount is paid or a minimum number of payments plus income for life if the annuitant is still alive after the minimum amount is paid refund annuity :  an annuity in which payments to the annuitant or to the annuitant's estate or to a beneficiary are guaranteed to equal at least the amount of the premium paid for the annuity straight life annuity :  life annuity in this entry variable annuity \ˈver-ē-ə-bəl-\ :  an annuity that is backed primarily by a fund of common stocks and whose payments go up or down depending on how well the stocks perform — compare conventional annuity in this entry, variable life insurance at life insurance



Origin of annuity

Medieval Latin annuitas, from Latin annuus yearly



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