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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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.,, "Trial to begin for former Clackamas County detective accused in home robbery," 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 12 Jul. 2020.

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