(redirected from quittances)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia.


a. Release or discharge from debt or obligation.
b. A document or receipt certifying such release.
2. Payment of a debt or obligation.

[Middle English quitance, from Old French, from quiter, to free; see quit.]


1. (Law) release from debt or other obligation
2. (Law) a receipt or other document certifying this
[C13: from Old French, from quitter to release from obligation; see quit]


(ˈkwɪt ns)

1. recompense or requital.
2. discharge from a debt or obligation.
3. a document certifying discharge from debt or obligation, as a receipt.
[1175–1225; Middle English quitaunce < Old French quitance=quit(er) to quit + -ance -ance]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quittance - a document or receipt certifying release from an obligation or debt
document - a written account of ownership or obligation
2.quittance - payment of a debt or obligation
payment - a sum of money paid or a claim discharged
redemption - repayment of the principal amount of a debt or security at or before maturity (as when a corporation repurchases its own stock)




References in classic literature ?
He then folded the quittance, and put it under his cap, adding, ``Peril of thy heard, Jew, see that this be full and ample
Petersburg, I should have flung at him a quittance for my foolish stepfather's debts, and then dismissed him.
d'Artagnan dying in this enterprise, liquidation will be considered made, and the Sieur Planchet will give quittance from that moment to the shade of Messire d'Artagnan for the twenty thousand livres paid by him into the hands of the said company.
Pay me three hundred pounds, Sir Richard," said he, "and I will give thee quittance of thy debt.