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allowance

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noun al·low·ance \ə-ˈlau̇-ən(t)s\

Definition of allowance

  1. 1a :  a share or portion allotted or grantedb :  a sum granted as a reimbursement or bounty or for expenses a salary that includes a cost-of-living allowance; especially :  a sum regularly provided for personal or household expenses Each child receives a weekly allowance.c :  a fixed or available amount provide an allowance of time for recreationd :  a reduction from a list price or stated price a trade-in allowance

  2. 2 :  an imposed handicap (as in a horse race)

  3. 3 :  an allowed dimensional difference between mating parts of a machine

  4. 4 :  the act of allowing something :  permission

  5. 5 :  the act of regarding bad behavior or a mistake as less serious or bad because of some special circumstance Some allowance should be made for her inexperience. The plan makes no allowance for bad weather.

Examples of allowance in a Sentence

  1. a monthly allowance for household expenses

  2. Each of their children gets a weekly allowance of five dollars.

  3. the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C

  4. the tax allowance for married couples

  5. They performed poorly, but allowances should be made for their inexperience.

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Origin and Etymology of allowance

see allow


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allowance

verb al·low·ance

Definition of allowance

allowanced

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allowancing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  to put on a fixed allowance (as of food and drink)

  3. 2 archaic :  to supply in a fixed or regular quantity

Origin and Etymology of allowance

see allow



ALLOWANCE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of allowance for English Language Learners

  • : an amount of money that is given to someone regularly or for a specific purpose

  • : a small amount of money that is regularly given to children by their parents

  • : an amount of something (such as time) that is allowed or available


ALLOWANCE Defined for Kids

allowance

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noun al·low·ance \ə-ˈlau̇-əns\

Definition of allowance for Students

  1. 1 :  an amount of money given regularly for a specific purpose He earns his weekly allowance.

  2. 2 :  a share given out an allowance of time

  3. 3 :  the act of considering things that could affect a result


Law Dictionary

allowance

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noun al·low·ance \ə-ˈlau̇-əns\

Legal Definition of allowance

  1. 1 :  an allotted share: as a :  a sum granted as a reimbursement or payment for expenses an allowance to support the deceased's family deduction for a moving allowance b :  a sum granted as a reduction or increase an allowance for depreciation

  2. 2 :  an act of allowing allowance of a deduction



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