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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)




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"Pay me three hundred pounds, Sir Richard," said he, "and I will give thee quittance of thy debt."
"Bear in mind, Sir Prior," said he, "that thou hast promised me quittance for three hundred pounds.
Gurth grinned, which was his nearest approach to a laugh, as he replied, ``About the same quantity which thou hast just told over so carefully.'' He then folded the quittance, and put it under his cap, adding, ``Peril of thy heard, Jew, see that this be full and ample!'' He filled himself unbidden, a third goblet of wine, and left the apartment without ceremony.
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.'"
Welcome, grave fathers: answer presently What hath our holy council there decreed Concerning Bruno and the Emperor, In quittance of their late conspiracy Against our state and papal dignity?
TEIRESIAS Know then for sure, the coursers of the sun Not many times shall run their race, before Thou shalt have given the fruit of thine own loins In quittance of thy murder, life for life; For that thou hast entombed a living soul, And sent below a denizen of earth, And wronged the nether gods by leaving here A corpse unlaved, unwept, unsepulchered.
[phrase omitted] Declaration of obligation of 'Umar ibn 'Asr over 'Umar ibn Malki A number of extant monolingual documents from the early period are quittances from obligation that open, as does the bilingual document discussed above (P.Vindob.
It has still failed to be implemented despite a February 2017 decision by the Shura Council's first chamber, which should have forced the National Social Security Fund to verify compliance and barred the NSSF from issuing quittances in cases where the law was violated.