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Definition of Allowance

Allowance

  1. Approval; approbation.
  2. The act of allowing, granting, conceding, or admitting; authorization; permission; sanction; tolerance.
  3. Acknowledgment.
  4. License; indulgence.
  5. That which is allowed; a share or portion allotted or granted; a sum granted as a reimbursement, a bounty, or as appropriate for any purpose; a stated quantity, as of food or drink; hence, a limited quantity of meat and drink, when provisions fall short.
  6. Abatement; deduction; the taking into account of mitigating circumstances; as, to make allowance for the inexperience of youth.
  7. A customary deduction from the gross weight of goods, different in different countries, such as tare and tret.
  8. To put upon a fixed allowance (esp. of provisions and drink); to supply in a fixed and limited quantity; as, the captain was obliged to allowance his crew; our provisions were allowanced.

Allowance Quotations

The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time.
Henry David Thoreau

The teacher's life should have three periods, study until twenty-five, investigation until forty, profession until sixty, at which age I would have him retired on a double allowance.
William Osler

When we talk about the kind of folks whose lives will be made better by raising the minimum wage, we're not talking about a couple teenagers earning extra spending money to supplement their allowance. We're talking about providers and breadwinners. Working Americans with bills to pay and mouths to feed.
Thomas Perez

The essence of true friendship is to make allowance for another's little lapses.
David Storey

Corn is already the most subsidized crop in America, raking in a total of $51 billion in federal handouts between 1995 and 2005 - twice as much as wheat subsidies and four times as much as soybeans. Ethanol itself is propped up by hefty subsidies, including a fifty-one-cent-per-gallon tax allowance for refiners.
Jeff Goodell
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Allowance Translations

allowance in Italian is risarcimento danni
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