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A written release from an obligation, such as a receipt indicating payment in full.


1. a release from or settlement of a debt, etc
2. a record of this, such as a receipt


(əˈkwɪt ns)

1. the discharge of a debt or obligation.
2. a document giving evidence of this.
[1300–50; Middle English < Old French]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.acquittance - a legal document evidencing the discharge of a debt or obligationacquittance - a legal document evidencing the discharge of a debt or obligation
legal document, legal instrument, official document, instrument - (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
References in classic literature ?
Omittance is no acquittance," growled the jailer, "and I shall certainly wring their necks before twenty-four hours are over: you may be sure of that.
Gurth at length complied; and telling out eighty zecchins upon the table, the Jew delivered out to him an acquittance for the horse and suit of armour.
But fall'n he is, and now What rests, but that the mortal Sentence pass On his transgression, Death denounc't that day, Which he presumes already vain and void, Because not yet inflicted, as he fear'd, By some immediate stroak; but soon shall find Forbearance no acquittance ere day end.
The acquittance roll duly verified by the DRO shall be forwarded to the conservator of forests on each occasion the payment is made.
The bench on Wednesday had stopped Dr Fareed from working as vice chancellor of Faisalabad Medical University and issued a contempt notice for offering an admission to a woman lawyer's acquittance in a private medical college despite the court restraining orders.
Tenders are invited for Printing and supply of Acquittance Roll of Permanent and Temporary
If only Knowledge gave him the scourge of penance; his flesh therewith shall give acquittance.
B) If the supervisor doctor practices the treatment with the permission of the patient without getting his acquittance, the jurisprudents make him responsible with regard to loss rule.
The Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan is responsible for servicing and acquittance of the loan from the state budget, according to the financial terms and conditions of the Loan Agreement.
The bookseller Perez was paid three hundred and three maravedi's by the church warden for bringing the main body of a music book of the works of Navarro that are for the mentioned Church as shown in the acquittance [1606] (54)