ac·​tu·​ar·​i·​al | \ ˌak-chə-ˈwer-ē-əl How to pronounce actuarial (audio) , -shə- \

Definition of actuarial

1 : of or relating to actuaries
2 : relating to statistical calculation especially of life expectancy

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actuarially \ ˌak-​chə-​ˈwer-​ē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce actuarial (audio) , -​shə-​ \ adverb

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Recent Examples on the Web Launching an insurance business from scratch takes a significant investment in actuarial science, advertising and regulatory teams that can navigate the different insurance laws in the 50 states. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "GM to offer OnStar auto insurance, promising lower rates the safer you drive," 18 Nov. 2020 Basic actuarial math also means that such a majority would likely hold sway for at least the next 15 to 20 years, even if the country takes a much different political direction. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The White House Coronavirus Outbreak Won’t Stop the Barrett Confirmation," 8 Oct. 2020 The median age of a coronavirus death in the United States is seventy-eight, and the average actuarial life expectancy in the United States is around seventy-eight. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "Why Conrad Black Supports Trump’s Reëlection," 3 Nov. 2020 The production casts each participant as a vacation fill-in at a pension actuarial firm, tasked with estimating how long workers will live. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "‘Temping’ Is a Workplace Drama for One. You’re Hired.," 20 Oct. 2020 The aim was most certainly not to turn over constitutional disputes to the actuarial tables. Tyler Cooper, Star Tribune, "To reform the Supreme Court judiciously, try term limits," 19 Oct. 2020 The reduction to the spousal boost is actuarial, according to the number of months before her FRA that it is taken. Russell Gloor, Houston Chronicle, "RUSSELL GLOOR: Ask Rusty - About the mystery of spousal benefits," 11 Oct. 2020 All of this blather about uncertainty might make for good actuarial policy. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "The Pandemic Has Been Great for the Health Insurance Industry," 9 Oct. 2020 That ideological trajectory, plus the actuarial math behind possible future vacancies, means that the Supreme Court will likely be hostile to progressive policy goals for at least a generation. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "How to End the Judicial Wars, Once and for All," 23 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of actuarial

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for actuarial

actuary + -al entry 1

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The first known use of actuarial was in 1869

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30 Nov 2020

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“Actuarial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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ac·​tu·​ar·​i·​al | \ ˌak-chə-ˈwer-ē-əl, ˌak-shə- How to pronounce actuarial (audio) \

Legal Definition of actuarial

1 : of or relating to actuaries
2 : relating to statistical calculation especially of life expectancy

Other Words from actuarial

actuarially adverb

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