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 \ -​ē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce actuarially (audio) \ adverb

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Estimates of the city’s costs have ranged from $20 million to $100 million based on a variety of factors, but a precise estimate isn’t possible without a comprehensive actuarial analysis. Edward Sifuentes, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego must decide whether to continue legal fight for 2012 pension cuts," 9 June 2019 Associate Professor of Mathematics and Actuarial Science Michelle Yuanying Guan said there are approximately 100 universities in the U.S. with certified actuarial science programs but not all of them have certified actuaries on their faculties. Erika Rose, Post-Tribune, "IU Northwest actuarial science students reach finals in international competition," 7 June 2018 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

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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- 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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