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allowance

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noun al·low·ance \ə-ˈlau̇-ən(t)s\

Definition of allowance

  1. 1 a :  a share or portion allotted or granted b :  a sum granted as a reimbursement or bounty or for expenses <salary includes cost-of-living allowance>; especially :  a sum regularly provided for personal or household expenses <each child has an allowance> c :  a fixed or available amount <provide an allowance of time for recreation> d :  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 :  permission

  5. 5 :  a taking into account of mitigating circumstances or contingencies <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.

14th Century

First Known Use of allowance

14th century


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allowance

verb al·low·ance

Definition of allowance

allowanced

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

1758

First Known Use of allowance

1758



ALLOWANCE Defined for English Language Learners

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allowance

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noun al·low·ance \ə-ˈlau̇-ən(t)s\

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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