the act, system, or business of insuring property, life, one’s person, etc., against loss or harm arising in specified contingencies, as fire, accident, death, disablement, or the like, in consideration of a payment proportionate to the risk involved.
Definition of insurance (continued)
the contract itself, set forth in a written or printed agreement or policy.
the amount for which anything is insured.
of or relating to a score that increases a team’s lead and insures that the lead will be held if the opposing team should score once more: The home run gave the team an insurance run, making the score 7-5.
Origin of insurance
First recorded in 1545–55; insure + -ance
- noun : noninsurance
- noun : preinsurance
- adjective : proinsurance
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