- allowaunce (obsolete)
- permission; granting, conceding, or admitting
- 1613, William Shakespeare; [John Fletcher], “The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eight”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene ii]:
- you sent a large commission to Gregory de Cassado, to conclude, without the King's will or the state's allowance
- c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene ii]:
- The censure of the which one must in your allowance overweigh a whole theater of others.
- 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.
- her meagre allowance of food or drink
- 1848, William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair
- Some persons averred that Sir Pitt Crawley gave his brother a handsome allowance.
- Abatement; deduction; the taking into account of mitigating circumstances
- to make allowance for his naivety
- 1848, Thomas Babington Macaulay, The History of England from the Accession of James II
- After making the largest allowance for fraud.
- (commerce) A customary deduction from the gross weight of goods, differing by country.
- (horse racing) A permitted reduction in the weight that a racehorse must carry.
- Antonym: penalty
- On the Flat, an apprentice jockey starts with an allowance of 7 lb.
- A child's allowance; pocket money.
- She gives her daughters each an allowance of thirty dollars a month.
- (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.
- (obsolete) approval; approbation
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Crabbe to this entry?)
- (obsolete) license; indulgence
- (Can we find and add a quotation of John Locke to this entry?)
- (act of allowing): authorization, permission, sanction, tolerance.
- (money): stipend
- (minting): remedy, tolerance
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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.
(See the entry for allowance in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)