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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"
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With the widening of the participants of aso ebi to include family, friends and acquittances, the practice is more than just a uniform but it is fast becoming a form of economic transaction.
Acquittances also refer to sums laid out to those tradesmen who constructed parts of the building in Middlesex while Street worked out in the country.
Moreover, several of the acquittances indicate that the tradesmen who worked on the project were hired by Street who served as overseer for all phases of the project; for instance, William Shepherd, bricklayer, and Richard Deller, bargeman, were both paid "at the appointment of Peter Street.