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Definition of the noun actuary

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noun - plural: actuaries

  1. someone versed in the collection and interpretation of numerical data (especially someone who uses statistics to calculate insurance premiums)

Alternative definition of the noun actuary


  1. [dated, 16th-19th century] registrar, clerk.
  2. A professional who calculates financial values associated with uncertain events subject to risk, such as insurance premiums or pension contributions.

Specialised definition of the noun actuary

Glossary of finance / insurance

a professional who uses statistical data to assess risk and calculate dividends, financial reserves, and insurance premiums for a business or insurer


Actuary: An actuary is a business professional who deals with the financial impact of risk and uncertainty. Actuaries provide assessments of financial security systems, with a focus on their complexity, their mathematics, and their mechanisms. The name of the corresponding profession is actuarial science.

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Google previewThe Words of Mathematics (1994)

An Etymological Dictionary of Mathematical Terms Used in English by Steven Schwartzman

A modem actuary is a lot more than a clerk or bookkeeper; an actuary is a statistician who specializes in insurance. [3] acute (adjective): via Latin acutus " pointed, sharp," from acus "needle." The Indo-European root is ak- "sharp." A native ...

Google previewPrinters' Ink (1905)

An actuary is — well, an actuary is an official like the person who makes affidavits to the circulation of some newspapers. — New York Evening Telegram. A little of anything good always creates a desire for more. That's what a sample does.

Google previewThe Capstone Encyclopaedia of Business (2013)

The Most Up-To-Date and Accessible Guide to Business Ever by Capstone

html – activity-based costing portal with helpful links, information, a magazine and forums, all devoted to ABC Actuary An actuary is an individual who specializes in forecasting outcomes, ...

Google previewBasketball on Paper (2011)

Rules and Tools for Performance Analysis by Dean Oliver

Basically, an actuary is a Las Vegas oddsmaker for things you're not allowed to bet on. The reason that is the best job is supposedly because actuaries get paid a lot to do very little. Sports economists neither get paid a lot nor do very little, but ...

Google previewAgricultural and Agribusiness Law (2015)

An introduction for non-lawyers by Theodore A. Feitshans

An actuary is a statistician who determines the cost of risk. Insurance depends upon the existence of a history of losses. Without a history of losses, the cost of risk cannot be determined. With technological change or change in the legal ...

Google previewQuestions and Answers on Life Insurance (2010)

The Life Insurance Toolbook by Anthony Steuer

An actuary is a mathematician employed by an insurance company to calculate premiums, reserves, dividends, and insurance, pension, and annuity rates, using risk factors obtained from experience tables. These tables are based on the ...

Google previewDelivering Health Care In America (2016)

Medicine, Healthcare by CTI Reviews

Actuary: An actuary is a business professional whodeals with the financial impact of risk and uncertainty. Actuaries provide expert assessments of financial security systems ...

Google previewBusiness Knowledge for It in Insurance (2009)

An actuary is a person who computes premium rates, dividends, risks, etc., according to probabilities based on statistical records. 4 Different Variations of Premiums A standard definition of an Overview of Insurance Definition of Insurance ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Quantitative Risk Analysis and Assessment (2008)

by Edward L. Melnick, Brian S. Everitt

The actuary has a key role in the calculation of these reserves. The reserves may be split into IBNR reserves (incurred but not reported) and RBNS reserves ( reported but not settled) (see Securitization/Life). As the names suggest the former is ...

Google previewThe Insurance Almanac and Encyclopedia (1918)

Actuary. N. B. Hadley, Ch. Exam. Life Cos.. A. F. Saxton, Ch. Exam. Cas. Cos.. D. F. Gordon, Ch. Exam. Fire Cos.. J. E. Diefendorf, Ch. Ex. Frat. & A. North Carolina......James R. Young, Commissioner..... Raleigh .

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Insurance Terms (2010)

by Lawrence Silver, Robert E Stevens, Kenneth Clow

An actuary specializes in the mathematics of risk. When working for an insurance company, the actuary analyzes, evaluates, and manages statistical information related to the insurance company's reserves, premium rates, loss probability, ...

Google previewPolitical Dictionary (1845)

Forming a Work of Universal Reference, Both Constitutional and Legal

The word Actuary is from the Roman "actuarius," which was used in various senses ; but its earlier and more common meaning was " short-hand writer." ( Suetonius, Julius Casar, 55.) The actuarii militia', under the later empire, were persons ...

Google previewPolitical dictionary [articles repr. from the penny cyclopaedia, ed. by G. Long]. (1845)

by George Long

The word Actuary is from the Roman " actnarins," which was used in various senses ; but its earlier and more common meaning was " short-hand writer." ( Suetonins, Julius Casar, 55.) The actuarii militiae, under the later empire, were persons ...

Google previewAn Insurance Dictionary (1879)

Being a Practical Explanation of the Technical, Medical, Legal, and Scientific Terms Commonly Used in the Transaction of Life, Fire, Marine and Other Classes of Insuarnce Business by William Swain Champness

ACTUARY.—1. One of the officers of aLifa Assurance, Endowment, or Annuity Company. 2. One who advises professionally on the financial questions arising out of the probabilities of the duration of life and the contingencies dependent ...

Google previewDictionary of Health Economics and Finance (2006)

by David E. Marcinko, MBA, CFP, CMP

See Actuary. ACTUARIAL PRESENT VALUE: The current worth of a health care amount payable or receivable in the future, in which each such amount is discounted at an assumed rate of interest and adjusted for the probability of its payment ...

Google previewGaither's Dictionary of Scientific Quotations (2008)

A Collection of Quotations Pertaining to Archaeology, Architecture, Astronomy, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Cosmology, Darwinism, Death, Engineering, Geology, Life, Mathematics, Medicine, Nature, Nursing, Paleontology, Philosophy, Physics, Probability, Science, Statistics, Technology, Theory, Universe, and Zoology by Carl C. Gaither, Alma E. Cavazos-Gaither

ACTUARY Karpansky, L. No biographical data available Analytical and graphical treatment of statistics is employed by the economist, the philanthropist, the business expert, the actuary, and even the physician, with the most surprising ...

Google previewVGM's Careers Encyclopedia (2001)

by Editors of VGM

ACTUARY. The. job. Actuaries are, for the most part, mathematicians. They assemble and analyze sta- tistics on probabilities...

Google previewThe Complete Encyclopedia of African American History (2015)

by Jessie Carney Smith, Lean'tin Bracks, Linda T Wynn

became the first black actuary in the United States. After earning a bachelor's degree (magna cum laude) in accounting from New York University in 1930, and a master's degree from the University of ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Accounting (2016)

by Jonathan Law

actuary. A professional trained in the application of statistics and probability theory to issues relating to general insurance and *life assurance. Some are employed by insurance companies to calculate probable lengths of life and advise ...

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The value of this 7-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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