Definitions for "Material misrepresentation"
(1) In general contract law, a misrepresentation of the facts by a contracting party that induces another party to enter into a contract when, had the truth been known, he would not have done so. (2) In insurance law, a misrepresentation of the facts by an insurance applicant that is relevant to the insurer's evaluation of a proposed insured.
A statement made by the applicant or proposed insured in the policy's application which is not factually correct. If the truth had been disclosed, the insurer would not have issued the policy or would have issued it without additional benefits or at a higher premium.
A statement made to the underwriter before acceptance of risk, which is material to his decision in accepting and rating the risk.