duty to defend

duty to defend

Insurance. The obligation of an insurer to provide an insured with a legal defense against claims of liability, within the terms of the policy.

? The duty to defend applies if the terms of the policy and the facts of the claim allow an ambiguity about whether the insurer will have a duty to indemnify the insured. It does not apply if no such ambiguity exists.


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