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  1. Insurance. relating to or being the science of computing premium rates, risks, dividends, etc., according to probabilities based on statistics:

    Over this period, the fund earned a return of 14.37%, exceeding the actuarial assumed return of 7.70%.

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Other Words From

  • ac·tu·ar·i·al·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of actuarial1

First recorded in 1850–55; actuar(y) ( def ) + -ial ( def )

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Example Sentences

The lower required minimum distribution numbers, issued by the Treasury and the IRS last November, are based on actuarial tables developed by the American Academy of Actuaries.

A disastrous first date between an icy actuary and a sunny astrologer turns into a temporary alliance to endure family holiday gatherings.

Darcy, an actuary and the reserved sister of Elle’s business partner, is decidedly less excited.

Prospect told the attorney general that any necessary future payments would “be made based on recommended annual contribution amounts as provided by the Plan’s actuarial advisors.”

That miscalculation could mean serious trouble in terms of actuarial soundness.

Social security encourages behavior which undermines the actuarial soundness of social security itself.

Nate Silver meets the Grim Reaper, without all the confusing actuarial tables.

But while support for ending the death penalty was cold and actuarial, opposition to the measure was emotional and raw.

There is also literally a conversation about contemporary practices in actuarial mathematics.

It only represents the actuarial average expectation of all the lives.

I shall set up chambers in the City, and work at actuarial calculations and conveyancing.

The actuarial degree of improbability as to a coincidence so close, over a range so vast, I will not undertake to compute.

Few seem to be aware how greatly the knowledge of what may be termed the actuarial side of heredity has advanced in recent years.

The per capita cost of $1.23 in 1906 is far below the actuarial cost.





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