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.

Origin of quittance

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

noun
  1. release from debt or other obligation
  2. a receipt or other document certifying this

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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