term life insurance
A policy that gives protection for only a definite period of time (e.g.,
1, 3, or 5 years). If death occurs during the term for which the policy is written,
proceeds are payable to the beneficiary. If the insured survives the term, the
policy expires. There is no cash value build-up in a term policy. Guaranteed
renewable term insurance can be renewed without proof of insurability. Under
other types of term insurance, the insured must once again undergo an underwriting
process (e.g., a medical examination).