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n. pl. an·nu·i·ties
a. The annual payment of an allowance or income.
b. The right to receive this payment or the obligation to make this payment.
2. A contract or agreement by which one receives fixed payments on an investment for a lifetime or for a specified number of years.
n, pl -ties
1. (Banking & Finance) a fixed sum payable at specified intervals, esp annually, over a period, such as the recipient's life, or in perpetuity, in return for a premium paid either in instalments or in a single payment
2. (Banking & Finance) the right to receive or the duty to pay such a sum
[C15: from French annuité, from Medieval Latin annuitās, from Latin annuus annual]
an•nu•i•ty(əˈnu ɪ ti, əˈnyu-)
n., pl. -ties.
1. a specified income payable at stated intervals for a fixed or contingent period, often for the recipient's life, as in consideration of a premium paid.
2. the right to receive such an income.
3. the duty to make such a payment or payments.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Anglo-French annuité, annualté < Medieval Latin annuitās]
an investment that bears a fixed return yearly, for a fixed period or for the life of the recipient.See also: Finance
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|Noun||1.||annuity - income from capital investment paid in a series of regular payments; "his retirement fund was set up to be paid as an annuity"|
regular payment - a payment made at regular times
annuity in advance - an annuity paid in a series of more or less equal payments at the beginning of equally spaced periods; "rent payable in advance constitutes an annuity in advance for the landlord"
ordinary annuity - an annuity paid in a series of more or less equal payments at the end of equally spaced periods
reversionary annuity, survivorship annuity - an annuity payable to one person in the event that someone else is unable to receive it
tontine - an annuity scheme wherein participants share certain benefits and on the death of any participant his benefits are redistributed among the remaining participants; can run for a fixed period of time or until the death of all but one participant