acquittance

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ac·quit·tance

 (ə-kwĭt′ns)
n.
A written release from an obligation, such as a receipt indicating payment in full.

acquittance

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

ac•quit•tance

(əˈkwɪt ns)

n.
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.