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n. pl. ac·tu·ar·ies
A statistician who computes insurance risks and premiums.
[Latin āctuārius, secretary of accounts, from ācta, records, from neuter pl. past participle of agere, to drive, do; see ag- in Indo-European roots.]
ac′tu·ar′i·al (-âr′ē-əl) adj.
n, pl -aries
(Professions) a person qualified to calculate commercial risks and probabilities involving uncertain future events, esp in such contexts as life assurance
[C16: (meaning: registrar): from Latin āctuārius one who keeps accounts, from actum public business, and acta documents, deeds. See act, -ary]
ac•tu•ary(ˈæk tʃuˌɛr i)
n., pl. -ar•ies.
1. a person who computes insurance premium rates, dividends, risks, etc., based on statistical data.
2. Archaic. a registrar or clerk.
[1545–55; < Latin āctuārius shorthand writer, clerk]
a statistician of an insurance company who calculates risks and premiums.See also: Finance
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|Noun||1.||actuary - someone versed in the collection and interpretation of numerical data (especially someone who uses statistics to calculate insurance premiums)|
statistics - a branch of applied mathematics concerned with the collection and interpretation of quantitative data and the use of probability theory to estimate population parameters
calculator, estimator, figurer, reckoner, computer - an expert at calculation (or at operating calculating machines)
surveyor - someone who conducts a statistical survey