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quittance

[kwit-ns]
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noun
  1. recompense or requital.
  2. discharge from a debt or obligation.
  3. a document certifying discharge from debt or obligation, as a receipt.
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Origin of quittance

1175–1225; Middle English quitaunce < Old French quitance, equivalent to quit(er) to quit1 + -ance -ance
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Related Words for quittance

reprisal, satisfaction, redress, shake, take, settlement, restitution, wage, fee, profit, pay, benefit, honorarium, reciprocity, atonement, requital, payoff, earnings, reparation, premium

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Historical Examples of quittance

  • He must have legal purgation, discharge, release from custody, quittance.

    Napoleon the Little

    Victor Hugo

  • I may yet cry 'quittance; Though now I suffer, and dare not resist.

  • The guerdon; the quittance; could it be possible after all, the end was not far?

    Under the Rose

    Frederic Stewart Isham

  • Himself, nay—he sent it to me; but I gave the quittance as to Mr Louvaine.

    It Might Have Been

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • The man was a bankrupt; but still he had given her all he had to give, a quittance.


British Dictionary definitions for quittance

quittance

noun
  1. release from debt or other obligation
  2. a receipt or other document certifying this
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Word Origin for quittance

C13: from Old French, from quitter to release from obligation; see quit
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Word Origin and History for quittance

n.

c.1200, "payment, compensation;" c.1300, "discharge from an obligation," from Old French quitance (Modern French quittance), from quiter (see quit (v.)).

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