ac·​tu·​ary | \ ˈak-chə-ˌwer-ē How to pronounce actuary (audio) , -shə-, -ˌwe-rē- \
plural actuaries

Definition of actuary

1 obsolete : clerk, registrar
2 : a person who calculates insurance and annuity premiums, reserves, and dividends

Examples of actuary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web John Miller, an actuary from Philadelphia who happened to be visiting London, was hovering at the guard rails before the Palace. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 9 Sep. 2022 After 16 years on the job, Albert Moore said he was recently laid off from his position as an actuary at Ohio National Financial Services. Randy Tucker, The Enquirer, 1 Sep. 2022 Creten was an actuary in Colorado before moving to Cedarburg. Lydia Morrell, Journal Sentinel, 22 July 2022 The chief actuary of Social Security already publicly contradicted the forecast, saying that the COLA for 2023 is likely to be around 8%. Bob Carlson, Forbes, 18 July 2022 Steve Vernon helped large employers design and manage their retirement programs for more than 35 years as a consulting actuary. Steve Vernon, CBS News, 4 Feb. 2019 Her husband, Eric Spunberg, once the naysayer, now helps deliver the fresh meals early two days a week before his day job as an insurance actuary begins. Pam Mcloughlin, Hartford Courant, 3 July 2022 At a panel on inflation risks for state and cities Thursday, Les Richmond, an actuary for municipal bond insurer Build America Mutual, worried aloud that state and local pension plans will push further into risky assets to boost returns. Heather Gillers, WSJ, 26 Apr. 2022 Conrad works as a professional fundraiser for cystic fibrosis, while Ben works as an actuary. Steven Aquino, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of actuary

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for actuary

borrowed from Latin āctuārius "shorthand writer, keeper of accounts," alteration (with -u- from the u-stem action noun āctus) of *āctārius, from āctum "public transaction, record" + -ārius -ary entry 1 — more at act entry 1

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3 Oct 2022

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“Actuary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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ac·​tu·​ary | \ ˈak-chə-ˌwer-ē, -shə- How to pronounce actuary (audio) \
plural actuaries

Legal Definition of actuary

: a person who calculates insurance and annuity premiums, reserves, and dividends

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