annuity

noun
an·​nu·​i·​ty | \ ə-ˈnü-ə-tē How to pronounce annuity (audio) , -ˈnyü- \
plural annuities

Definition of annuity

1 : a sum of money payable yearly or at other regular intervals
2 : the right to receive an annuity
3 : a contract or agreement providing for the payment of an annuity

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This is a payment made at a fixed interval. A common example is the payment received by retirees from their pension plan. There are two main classes of annuities: annuities certain and contingent annuities. Under an annuity certain, a specified number of payments are made, after which the annuity stops. With a contingent annuity, each payment depends on the continuance of a given status; for example, a life annuity continues only as long as the recipient survives. Contingent annuities depend on shared risk. Everyone pays in until the annuity begins; some will live long enough to collect more than they have paid, while others will not live long enough to get back the money they invested.

Examples of annuity in a Sentence

Part of her retirement income will come from an annuity. his grandfather's will provided him with an annuity of $5,000 a year to be used for school expenses
Recent Examples on the Web The current pandemic has been accompanied by robust sales of both life and annuity products, among other factors helping the industry weather the turmoil, according to ratings firm A.M. Best Co. in a report this week. Leslie Scism, WSJ, 9 Dec. 2021 Don't feel the need to guarantee any kind of a return on their investment, like offering an annuity or dividend. Mark Van Wye, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 Langer claims a $1 million prize to be paid out in an annuity for winning the points. Todd Kelly, The Arizona Republic, 14 Nov. 2021 Why not put an additional $133,000 into the ministry in exchange for an annuity of $1,300 per month? Peter J Reilly, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2021 The latest winning ticket holder or holders can get an annuity of roughly $699.8 million in 30 payments over 29 years or a lump sum cash option payment of $496 million. Brian Dakss, CBS News, 5 Oct. 2021 In the first year of Magyar’s new contract, the district will contribute an amount equal to 8 percent of her salary, or about $14,029, into an annuity for her. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 27 Apr. 2021 In that particular case, the annuity option came with retiree health insurance while the lump sum option did not. Liz Weston, oregonlive, 18 Dec. 2021 Life insurance sales have been declining at Allstate since 2018 and annuity sales were discontinued in 2014. Robert Channick, chicagotribune.com, 29 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of annuity

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for annuity

Middle English annuite, from Anglo-French annuité, from Medieval Latin annuitat-, annuitas, from Latin annuus yearly

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“Annuity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/annuity. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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annuity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of annuity

: a fixed amount of money that is paid to someone each year
: an insurance policy or an investment that pays someone a fixed amount of money each year

annuity

noun
an·​nu·​ity | \ ə-ˈnü-ə-tē How to pronounce annuity (audio) , -ˈnyü- \
plural annuities

Kids Definition of annuity

: a sum of money paid yearly or at other regular intervals

annuity

noun
an·​nu·​ity | \ ə-ˈnü-ə-tē, -ˈnyü- How to pronounce annuity (audio) \
plural annuities

Legal Definition of annuity

1 : an amount payable at regular intervals (as yearly or quarterly) for a certain or uncertain period
2 : the grant of or the right to receive an annuity his will included annuities for several old friends
3 : a contract (as with an insurance company) under which one or more persons receive annuities in return for prior fixed payments made by themselves or another (as an employer)
annuity certain plural annuities certain
: an annuity payable over a specified period even if the annuitant dies
annuity due plural annuities due
: an immediate annuity in which the payment of the benefits is made at the beginning of each payment interval rather than at the end
contingent annuity
: an annuity whose starting or ending date depends on the occurrence of an event (as the death of the annuitant) whose date is uncertain
conventional annuity
: an annuity under which the annuitant receives a specified minimum amount at each payment — compare variable annuity in this entry
deferred annuity
: an annuity in which payment of benefits is delayed until a particular time (as at retirement) — compare immediate annuity in this entry
group annuity
: a pension plan paying annuity benefits at retirement for all eligible persons under a single master contract usually issued to an employer for the benefit of its employees
immediate annuity
: an annuity purchased with a single premium in which payment of benefits begins within the first payment interval (as within a year) — compare deferred annuity in this entry
joint-and-survivor annuity
: an annuity payable as long as any of the two or more annuitants remains alive

called also joint-and-last-survivor annuity, joint and survivorship annuity, joint life and survivorship annuity

— compare joint life annuity in this entry
joint life annuity
: an annuity payable only until the death of any of the annuitants

called also joint annuity

— compare joint-and-survivor annuity in this entry
life annuity
: an annuity payable during the annuitant's lifetime and terminating at death

called also straight life annuity

life income-period certain annuity
: an annuity that guarantees a minimum number of payments even if the annuitant dies before the minimum amount is paid or a minimum number of payments plus income for life if the annuitant is still alive after the minimum amount is paid
refund annuity
: an annuity in which payments to the annuitant or to the annuitant's estate or to a beneficiary are guaranteed to equal at least the amount of the premium paid for the annuity
straight life annuity
: life annuity in this entry
variable annuity \ ˈver-​ē-​ə-​bəl-​ \
: an annuity that is backed primarily by a fund of common stocks and whose payments go up or down depending on how well the stocks perform — compare conventional annuity in this entry, variable life insurance at life insurance

History and Etymology for annuity

Medieval Latin annuitas, from Latin annuus yearly

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