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

My children were taught at an early age how money works and that it comes from hard work. They've been on a commission - not an allowance - since they were little. They learned that if they worked around the house, they got paid. If they didn't work, they didn't get paid.
Dave Ramsey

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

I used to get taxed on my allowance. Yeah, I've been taxed since I was a little kid. And at the end of the year I had to pick a charity to donate my taxes to.
Lauren Conrad
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Allowance Translations

allowance in Italian is risarcimento danni