from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who has or is covered by an insurance policy.

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  • adjective Covered by an insurance policy.
  • noun A person covered by an insurance policy.
  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of insure.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective covered by insurance
  • noun a person whose interests are protected by an insurance policy; a person who contracts for an insurance policy that indemnifies him against loss of property or life or health etc.


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  • A rare example of a past participle that has become a noun. It has a plural insureds and genitive case forms insured's, insureds', and it can be modified by ordinary adjectives ('additional insureds', 'the individual insureds'). These properties distinguish it from an adjective functioning as head of a noun phrase, such as 'the unemployed'.

    September 4, 2008