Definition of viatical settlement in English:

viatical settlement

Line breaks: vi¦at|ic¦al settle|ment
Pronunciation: /vʌɪˈatɪk(ə)l


  • An arrangement whereby a person with a terminal illness sells their life insurance policy to a third party for less than its mature value, in order to benefit from the proceeds while alive. See also death futures.
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    • In a viatical settlement, a person with a terminal disease sells his or her life insurance policy at a discount from its face value in exchange for ready cash.
    • The tax treatment of a viatical settlement is markedly different.
    • While the ads for viatical settlement firms focused on impending death, those for drug companies focused on prolonging life - better living through science.


1990s: viatical from Latin viaticus 'relating to a journey or departing' + -al.

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