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

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

What is important for kids to learn is that no matter how much money they have, earn, win, or inherit, they need to know how to spend it, how to save it, and how to give it to others in need. This is what handling money is about, and this is why we give kids an allowance.
Barbara Coloroso

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

If you want to recapture your youth, just cut off his allowance.
Al Bernstein
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Allowance Translations

allowance in Italian is risarcimento danni
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