What is Premium?

Legal Definition
The consideration paid for an insurance contract by someone seeking protection from predefined risks. A premium payment may consist of one lump sum or, as is more common, periodic installments for the life of the contract.
Legal Definition
Contracts. The consideration paid by the insured to the insurer for making an insurance. It is so called because it is paid primo, or before the contract shall take effect. Poth. h. t. n. 81; Marah. Inst. 234.

2. In practice, however, the premium is not always paid when the policy is underwritten; for insurances are frequently effected by brokers, and open accounts are kept between them and the underwriters, in which they make themselves debtors for all premiums;, and sometimes notes or bills are given for the amount of the premium.

3. The French writers, when they speak of the consideration given for maritime loans, employ a variety of words in order to distinguish it according to the nature of the case. Thus, they call it interest when it is stipulated to be paid by the month or at other stated periods. It is a premium, when a gross sum is to be paid at the end of a voyage, and here the risk is the principal object which they have in view. When the sum is a percentage on the money lent, they denominate it exchange, considering it in the light of money lent in one place to be returned in another, with a difference in amount between the sum borrowed and that which is paid, arising from the difference of time and place. When they intend to combine these various shades into one general denomination, they make use of the term maritime profit, to convey their meaning. Hall on Mar. Loans, 56, n. Vide Park, Ills. h. t. Poth. h. t.; 3 Kent, Com. 285; 15 East, R. 309, Day's note, and the cases there cited.
-- Bouviers Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
The sum paid or agreed to be paid by an assured to the underwriter as the consideration for the insurance; being a certain rate per cent, on the amount insured. 1 Phil. Ins. 205; State v. Pittsburg, etc., Ry. Co., 68 Ohio St 9, 67 N. B. 93, 64 It. R. A. 405, 96 Am St. Rep. 635; Hill v. Insurance Co., 129 Mich. 141, 8S N. W. 392. A bounty or bonus; a consideration given to invite a loan or a bargain; as the consideration paid to the assignor by the assignee of a lease, or to the translerrer by the transferee of shares of stock, etc. So stock is said to be "at a premium" when its market price exceeds its nominal or face value. Rhode Island Hospital Trust Co. v. Anming-ton, 21 R. I. 33, 41 AH. 571; White v. Williams, 90 Md. 719, 45 AtL 1001; Washington, etc., Assn v. Stanley, 38 Or. 319, 63 Pac. 489, 58 L. It. A. 816, 84 Am. St. Rep. 793; Building Ass'n v. Eklund, 190 111. 257, 60 N. E. 521, 52 In In A. 637. See Par. In granting a lease, partof the rent is sometimes capitalized and paid in a lump sum at the time the lease is granted. This is called a "premium."
See also
-- Black's Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
Lat. Reward; compensation. Prwmium asseourationis, compensation for insurance; premium of insurance. Locc. de Jur. Mar. lib. 2, c. 5, ยง 6.
See also
-- Black's Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
A bonus, which see; the consideration for an insurance policy. See 68 Ohio St. 9, 96 Am. St. Rep. 635, 64 L. R. A. 405, 67 N. E. 93.
-- Ballentine's Law Dictionary