self-in·​sur·​ance ˌself-in-ˈshu̇r-ən(t)s How to pronounce self-insurance (audio)
: insurance of oneself or of one's own interests by the setting aside of money at regular intervals to provide a fund to cover possible losses

Examples of self-insurance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Although self-insurance through international reserves has sharply increased for some countries, pooled resources centered on the IMF have increased far less than self-insurance and have shrunk markedly relative to measures of global financial integration. Foreign Affairs, 22 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1829, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-insurance was in 1829

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“Self-insurance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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ˌself-in-ˈshu̇r-əns, -ˈin-ˌshu̇r-
: insurance of oneself, one's interests, or one's components (as of a governmental unit) through the use of a fund that one maintains to cover losses
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