allowance

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Etymology[edit]

Old French alouance.

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Noun[edit]

allowance (plural allowances)

  1. The act of allowing, granting, conceding, or admitting; authorization; permission; sanction; tolerance.
  2. Acknowledgment.
    • The censure of the which one must in your allowance overweigh a whole theater of others. --William Shakespeare
  3. That which is allowed; a share or portion allotted or granted; a sum granted as a reimbursement, a bounty, or as appropriate for any purpose; a stated quantity, as of food or drink; hence, a limited quantity of meat and drink, when provisions fall short.
  4. Abatement; deduction; the taking into account of mitigating circumstances; as, to make allowance for the inexperience of youth.
  5. (commerce) A customary deduction from the gross weight of goods, different in different countries, such as tare and tret.
  6. A child's allowance; pocket money.
    She gives her daughters each an allowance of thirty dollars a month.
  7. (minting) A permissible deviation in the fineness and weight of coins, owing to the difficulty in securing exact conformity to the standard prescribed by law.
  8. (obsolete) approval; approbation
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  9. (obsolete) license; indulgence
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

Verb[edit]

allowance (third-person singular simple present allowances, present participle allowancing, simple past and past participle allowanced)

  1. To put upon a fixed allowance (especially of provisions and drink); to supply in a fixed and limited quantity.
    The captain was obliged to allowance his crew.
    Our provisions were allowanced.