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[vahy-at-i-kuh l, vee‐] /vaɪˈæt ɪ kəl, vi‐/
of or relating to a viaticum.
of or relating to a financial transaction in which a company buys life insurance policies from the terminally ill at less than their face value and may sell the policies to investors:
viatical settlements. Unabridged
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  • viatical settlements involve the purchase of life their investment.
  • Explains when viatical settlement apply to pay for long-term care.
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  • viatical settlement companies will want to have control over the fraudulently procured policy.
  • Next, it is important to distinguish a tontine from a viatical settlement.
  • viatical settlements or life settlements involve an interest in someone's insurance policy.
British Dictionary definitions for viatical


of or denoting a road or a journey
(botany) (of a plant) growing by the side of a road
Word Origin
C19: from Latin viāticus belonging to a journey + -al1
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Word Origin and History for viatical

1847, from Latin viaticus, from via "way" (see via) + -al (1).

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