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A contractual relationship that exists when one party (the insurer) for a consideration (the premium) agrees to reimburse another party (the insured) for loss to a specified subject (the risk) caused by designated contingencies (hazards or perils). The term "assurance," commonly used in England, is considered synonymous with "insurance." See also Casualty insurance; General liability insurance; Homeowners policy; Liability insurance; Personal auto policy; Personal lines; Property insurance; Professional liability; Workers compensation and employers liability policy.

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