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1. The length of time, established by custom and varying between countries, that is allowed for payment of a foreign bill of exchange.
2. Use.
3. Usage; custom.
4. Interest paid on borrowed money.

[Middle English, usage, from Old French, probably from Vulgar Latin *ūsantia, from *ūsāns, *ūsant-, present participle of *ūsāre, frequentative of Latin ūtī.]


1. (Commerce) commerce the period of time permitted by commercial usage for the redemption of foreign bills of exchange
2. (Banking & Finance) rare unearned income
3. an obsolete word for usage, usury, use
[C14: from Old French, from Medieval Latin ūsantia, from ūsāre to use]


(ˈyu zəns)

1. the customary length of time allowed for the payment of foreign bills of exchange.
2. interest or other income or benefits derived from the ownership of wealth.
3. Archaic.
a. use.
b. custom; habit.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Old French]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.usance - the period of time permitted by commercial usage for the payment of a bill of exchange (especially a foreign bill of exchange)
commerce, commercialism, mercantilism - transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services)
period, period of time, time period - an amount of time; "a time period of 30 years"; "hastened the period of time of his recovery"; "Picasso's blue period"
2.usance - (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing; "the consumption of energy has increased steadily"
economic science, economics, political economy - the branch of social science that deals with the production and distribution and consumption of goods and services and their management
conspicuous consumption - buying expensive services and products in order to flaunt your wealth
demand - the ability and desire to purchase goods and services; "the automobile reduced the demand for buggywhips"; "the demand exceeded the supply"
3.usance - accepted or habitual practiceusance - accepted or habitual practice  
practice, pattern - a customary way of operation or behavior; "it is their practice to give annual raises"; "they changed their dietary pattern"
Americanism - a custom that is peculiar to the United States or its citizens
Anglicism, Britishism - a custom that is peculiar to England or its citizens
consuetude - a custom or usage that has acquired the force of law
couvade - a custom among some peoples whereby the husband of a pregnant wife is put to bed at the time of bearing the child
Germanism - a custom that is peculiar to Germany or its citizens
habit, use - (psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition; "owls have nocturnal habits"; "she had a habit twirling the ends of her hair"; "long use had hardened him to it"
hijab - the custom in some Islamic societies of women dressing modestly outside the home; "she observes the hijab and does not wear tight clothing"
survival - something that survives
ritual, rite - any customary observance or practice


A habitual way of behaving:
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The busy and sagacious bees fixed their republic in the clefts of the rocks and hollows of the trees, offering without usance the plenteous produce of their fragrant toil to every hand.
Similar to their domestic counterparts, the investing foreign firms will be each delegated with 20 wells for two-year usance framework," he said.
Opposing this proto-capitalist view is Antonio, who in Shylock's words, lends out money gratis, and brings down The rate of usance here with us in Venice.
The trade finance transactions mostly financed include pre-shipment finance, usance L/Cs (letters of credit), export credit financing, working capital financing as well as bank and shipping guarantees.
I hate him for he is a Christian, But more for that in low simplicity He lends out money gratis and brings down The rate of usance here with us in Venice.