ac·​tu·​ar·​i·​al | \ ˌak-chə-ˈwer-ē-əl, -shə-\

Definition of actuarial

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

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Other Words from actuarial

actuarially \ -​ē-​ə-​lē \ adverb

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That calculation involves census data, actuarial science and mortality rates, among other mercurial variables. Ezequiel Minaya, WSJ, "Long-Term Care Insurance Policies Weigh Down GE and Other Companies," 3 Dec. 2018 Reserves: Find out if the CCRC performs a regular actuarial valuation, which is a scientific study of its future risks and liabilities. Peter Finch,, "Is your parents' continuing care retirement community financially stable?," 9 May 2018 There are no standardized actuarial tables to guide pet insurers in setting premiums. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "As Veterinary Bills Add Up, More Pet Owners Opt for Insurance," 24 Aug. 2018 Buy Photo Judge Rea Boylan called a brief recess at her courtroom in the Bucks County Criminal Justice Center so the lawyers could consult actuarial tables on the current life expectancy of an American male: 76.1 years. Samantha Melamed,, "Why are juvenile lifers from Philly getting radically different sentences than those in the rest of Pennsylvania?," 10 July 2018 With every passing year, the actuarial odds increased that Fred Trump would die owning apartment buildings worth many hundreds of millions of dollars, all of it exposed to the 55 percent estate tax. Susanne Craig, The Seattle Times, "Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from father," 2 Oct. 2018 Hartwick, for instance, offers programs in nursing, criminal justice, public health and actuarial science, says Provost Michael Tannenbaum. Douglas Belkin, WSJ, "Northeast Rules in WSJ/THE Ranking of Liberal-Arts Schools," 5 Sep. 2018 In the sedate world of actuarial science, Jeremy Gold was a bomb thrower. Heather Gillers, WSJ, "Jeremy Gold Shook Up Pension World With Warnings About Risks," 13 July 2018 Could actuarial practices be making employers vulnerable? Mary Williams Walsh,, "Jeremy Gold, 75, actuary who warned of pension crisis," 14 July 2018

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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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ac·​tu·​ar·​i·​al | \ ˌak-chə-ˈwer-ē-əl, ˌak-shə- \

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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to gather or build up little by little

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