ac·​quit·​tance | \ ə-ˈkwi-tᵊn(t)s How to pronounce acquittance (audio) \

Definition of acquittance

: a document evidencing a discharge from an obligation especially : a receipt in full

Examples of acquittance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In April, an influential Hubei doctor, Yu Xiangdong, was removed from a hospital management position for questioning the efficacy of the remedies, an acquittance confirmed. Dake Kang, Anchorage Daily News, 31 Aug. 2020 The defense will argue that prosecutors don't have sufficient evidence tying Marsh to the attack in Wilsonville and are relying on an acquittance who implicated Marsh to gain leniency. Everton Bailey Jr.,, 8 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of acquittance

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acquittance

Middle English aquitaunce "repayment, release, document showing repayment of a debt," borrowed from Anglo-French, from acquitant (present participle of aquiter "to acquit") + -aunce -ance

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“Acquittance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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