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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.

Synonyms:

leeway, balance, dole, gross profit margin, allow, subsidy, salary, take, recompense, valuation account, gross profit, stint, fee, leave, earnings, inheritance, rationalize, arithmetic, tolerance, hire, adjustment, block, excuse, margin, authorization, pension, license, sufferance, permission, alteration, capacity, handout, allow for, requital, pocket money, annuity, Rhodes Scholarship, collect, the Boston Tea Party, bursary, claw back, granting, scholarship, registration, aid, backlog, border, Chancellor of the Exchequer, end, agree, remittance, 1099, legacy, divvy, readjustment, pay, perimeter, clearance, endowment, batch, accumulation, OK, fellowship, green light, corporate welfare, bequest, audit, adaptation, consider, approbation, justify, adaption, fitting, warrant, permissiveness, 1040 form, security deposit, subvention, chargeable, permit, contribution, allowance account, valuation reserve.

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