acquittance

noun ac·quit·tance \ ə-ˈkwi-tᵊn(t)s \

Definition of acquittance

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

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Origin and Etymology of 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

noun ac·quit·tance \ ə-ˈkwit-ᵊns \

legal Definition of acquittance

: acquittal 1

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