actuary

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. actualization,
  2. actualize,
  3. actually,
  4. actuals,
  5. actuarial,
  6. actuate,
  7. actuator,
  8. actus reus,
  9. acuate,
  10. acuff

Origin of actuary

1545–55; < Latin āctuārius shorthand writer, clerk, variant (with u of the action noun āctus act) of āctārius (āct(a) deeds, documents + -ārius -ary)

Related formsac·tu·ar·i·al [ak-choo-air-ee-uh l] /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

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 Formsactuarial (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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Word Origin and History for actuary

actuary

n.

1550s, "registrar, clerk," from Latin actuarius "copyist, account-keeper," from actus "public business" (see act (n.)). Modern insurance office meaning first recorded 1849.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for actuary

actuary

[ (ak-chooh-er-ee) ]

A mathematician who uses statistics to calculate insurance premiums.

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