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definition of the word allowance

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Old French alouance (cf allouer)

Singular
allowance

Plural
allowances

allowance (plural allowances)

  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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