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From Anglo-Norman acquitance, Middle French aquitance, from acquiter (to acquit). Compare later acquittal.



acquittance (countable and uncountable, plural acquittances)

  1. (now historical) A writing which is evidence of a discharge; a receipt in full, which bars a further demand. [from 14th c.]
  2. (now rare) Payment of debt; settlement. [from 14th c.]
  3. (now historical) The release from a debt, or from some obligation or duty; exemption. [from 14th c.]
  4. (obsolete) The dismissal of a legal charge against someone; acquittal. [15th–19th c.]
    • 1791, Ann Radcliffe, The Romance of the Forest, Oxford 1999, p. 82:
      This was a task more difficult than that of self acquittance.
  5. (now rare) The acquittal of one's duties; the carrying out of fulfilment of a job or role. [from 17th c.]


acquittance (third-person singular simple present acquittances, present participle acquittancing, simple past and past participle acquittanced)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To acquit.