Definition - What does Suicide Clause mean?
A suicide clause is a provision in most life insurance policies that states that the policy will be void if the policyholder commits suicide within a specified period of time following the policy start date. This period is usually two years.
Insuranceopedia explains Suicide Clause
A suicide clause offers insurance companies a way to guard against situations in which an emotionally distressed policyholder purchases a high value policy and commits suicide so that their beneficiary can receive a considerable death benefit. In a similar vein, knowing that their beneficiary would not receive any benefits may deter the policyholder from committing suicide.