re·​in·​sur·​ance | \ ˌrē-ən-ˈshu̇r-ən(t)s How to pronounce reinsurance (audio) , ˌrē-ən-ˈshər- also (ˌ)rē-ˈin-ˌshu̇r-, (ˌ)rē-ˈin-ˌshə̇r- \

Definition of reinsurance

: insurance by another insurer of all or a part of a risk previously assumed by an insurance company

Examples of reinsurance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Asia’s insurance and reinsurance firms have traditionally lagged behind their European peers in terms of climate commitments and coal divestments. Yvonne Lau, Fortune, 7 Dec. 2021 Second, Congress should create a reinsurance program that funds a portion of high-cost claims. Josh Archambault, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 But our solution set is much broader than just reinsurance. Jeff Thomson, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 Reducing the amount of losses — from $8.8 billion to $4.5 billion — that the insurance industry must suffer before being allowed to tap into the fund would reduce the amount of reinsurance companies must buy. Ron Hurtibise,, 24 Oct. 2021 For example, when a number of reinsurance companies stopped backing payments for security deposit claims, Rhino was able to put guardrails in place in their policies to protect their business while still benefiting renters. Gary Drenik, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 Capital funds invest in reinsurance to diversify their portfolios. Ron Hurtibise,, 13 Sep. 2021 In addition to its insurance brokerage arm Marsh, Marsh McLennan also runs the reinsurance business Guy Carpenter & Co. and offers consulting services through Mercer LLC and Oliver Wyman Inc. Dylan Tokar, WSJ, 7 Sep. 2021 So, the reinsurance program would be on top of the federal government’s covering 85 percent of the premium. Brian Blase, National Review, 12 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of reinsurance

1705, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jan 2022

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“Reinsurance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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re·​in·​sur·​ance | \ ˌrē-ən-ˈshu̇r-əns, -ˈin-ˌshu̇r- How to pronounce reinsurance (audio) \

Legal Definition of reinsurance

: insurance or indemnification by a second insurer of all or part of a risk assumed by another insurer as contracted for by the first insurer — see also cede — compare direct insurance, retrocession sense 3

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