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Etymology

Old French alouance (cf allouer)

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /əˈlaʊəns/, SAMPA: /@"laU@ns/

Noun

Singular
allowance

Plural
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  1. The act of allowing, granting, conceding, or admitting; authorization; permission; sanction; tolerance.
    Without the king's will or the state's allowance. --Shak.
  2. Acknowledgment.
    The censure of the which one must in your allowance overweigh a whole theater of others. --Shak.
  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.
    I can give the boy a handsome allowance. --Thackeray.
  4. Abatement; deduction; the taking into account of mitigating circumstances; as, to make allowance for the inexperience of youth.
    After making the largest allowance for fraud. --Macaulay.
  5. (commercial) 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.

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Part or all of this page 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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

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