ac·​quit·​tance ə-ˈkwi-tᵊn(t)s How to pronounce acquittance (audio)
: a document evidencing a discharge from an obligation
especially : a receipt in full

Examples of acquittance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Back in December 2005 during a violent robbery, Johnson, then 19, and an accomplice kicked in acquittance Amin Hinson's front door in broad daylight, then aimed a silver revolver at Michael Jones' head, court records show. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 6 Oct. 2022 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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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of acquittance was in the 14th century

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“Acquittance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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ac·​quit·​tance ə-ˈkwit-ᵊns How to pronounce acquittance (audio)
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