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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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 Many European nations have age or term limits for their Supreme Court justices, unlike the United States’ lifetime appointments that turn nominations into a kind of actuarial battle. Rick Noack, Washington Post, "The U.S. Supreme Court is highly politicized. It doesn’t have to be that way.," 28 June 2018 But actuarial tables, however useful for government planning, shouldn’t impose artificial limits on what older Americans do. The Christian Science Monitor, "Shifting views of seniors: less burden, more asset," 27 June 2018 In Attorney General Andy Beshear's lawsuit about the pension reform bill's legality, the lack of an actuarial analysis was cited as problematic. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Ask your questions, Gov. Matt Bevin tweeted. So people did.," 23 June 2018 The competition required students to research a case study, conduct actuarial analysis, formulate solutions, and present recommendations over an eight-week timeframe. Erika Rose, Post-Tribune, "IU Northwest actuarial science students reach finals in international competition," 7 June 2018 The reaction of insurers is notable, because they are supposed to evaluate dangers through the dry eye of actuarial science, avoiding the emotions of the nation’s gun debate. Washington Post,, "Insurers balk at calls for armed teachers to prevent mass shootings at schools," 27 May 2018 Milliman, an actuarial firm the state hired, estimated in 2016 that expansion would help 117,000 state residents get or pay for insurance. Sven Berg, idahostatesman, "More Idahoans need taxpayers to cover unpaid medical bills. Could Medicaid expansion help? | Idaho Statesman," 22 May 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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