[ ak-choo-er-ee ]
/ ˈæk tʃuˌɛr i /
noun, plural ac·tu·ar·ies.
Insurance. a person who computes premium rates, dividends, risks, etc., according to probabilities based on statistical records.
(formerly) a registrar or clerk.
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Origin of actuary
OTHER WORDS FROM actuaryac·tu·ar·i·al [ak-choo-air-ee-uhl], /ˌæk tʃuˈɛər i əl/, ac·tu·ar·i·an, adjectiveac·tu·ar·i·al·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for actuary
/ (ˈæktʃʊərɪ) /
noun plural -aries
a person qualified to calculate commercial risks and probabilities involving uncertain future events, esp in such contexts as life assurance
Derived forms of actuaryactuarial (ˌæktʃʊˈɛərɪəl), adjective
Word Origin for actuary
C16: (meaning: registrar): from Latin āctuārius one who keeps accounts, from actum public business, and acta documents, deeds. See act, -ary
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Cultural definitions for actuary
[ (ak-chooh-er-ee) ]
A mathematician who uses statistics to calculate insurance premiums.
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