Business insurance glossary

No insurance jargon here. We simplify common business insurance terms.

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We’re on a mission to make it easier to understand business insurance terms so you can make an informed decision and get back to focusing on your business.

A – E | F – J | K – O | P – T | U – Z

[A — E]
ACORD certificate of liability insurance
Actual cash value
Adjuster
Additional insured
Admitted carrier and non-admitted carrier
Advertising injury
Aggregate limit of liability
Assessed value
Bailee insurance
Bodily injury coverage
Blanket insurance
Business interruption insurance
Business risk management
Care custody and control
Claimant
Claims-made policy
Coinsurance
Commercial insurance
Continuity date
Contractual liability insurance
Cyber extortion
Data breach insurance
Declarations page
Decline
Deductible
Directors and Officers Liability Insurance (D&O)
Disaster recovery plan
Equipment breakdown coverage
Exclusive remedy
Extended reporting period (ERP)

[F — J]
Grace period
Hazard
Hold harmless agreement
Host liquor liability insurance
Indemnity insurance
Independent contractor
In force
Insurance appraisal
Insurance adjuster
Insurance agent
Insurance arbitration
Insurance broker
Insurance claim
Insurance coverage limits
Insurance depreciation
Insurance endorsement
Insurance exclusion
Insurance quote
Insured
Invasion of privacy
Insurtech

[K — O]
Key person insurance
Lessors risk
Liable
Libel
Legal liability
Loss payee
Loss runs
Minimum earned premium
Named insured
Named perils
Nose coverage
Occurrence-based policy
Open peril policy

[P — T]
Per claim limit
Premium
Premium audit
Products completed operations
Product liability
Professional indemnity insurance
Proof of loss
Property damage
Prior acts coverage
Property and casualty insurance
Public liability insurance
Qualifying event for insurance
Repetitive stress injury
Replacement value
Reputational harm
Rider
Risk retention
S corp
Self employed
Self insured
Slander
Sole proprietorship
Standard of care
State compensation insurance fund
Stop gap coverage
Strict liability
Sublimit
Subrogation
Tail coverage
Tort
Tort liability
Tortfeasor
Triple net lease

[U — Z]
Underwriting
Unilateral contract
Vicarious liability
Waiver of subrogation
Workers’ compensation class codes

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Any starting prices or premiums represented before an actual customer quote are not guaranteed and are representations of existing premiums of active policies as of December 6, 2023. To the extent permitted by law, applicants are individually underwritten, not all applicants may qualify. Individual rates and savings vary and are subject to change. Discounts and savings are available where state laws and regulations allow, and may vary by state. Certain discounts apply to specific coverages only.