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Definition of allowance:

  1. A customary deduction from the gross weight of goods, different in different countries, such as tare and tret.
  2. Abatement; deduction; the taking into account of mitigating circumstances; as, to make allowance for the inexperience of youth.
  3. Acknowledgment.
  4. Approval; approbation.
  5. License; indulgence.
  6. 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.
  7. The act of allowing, granting, conceding, or admitting; authorization; permission; sanction; tolerance.
  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.


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