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Acquittance (noun)

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Acqu'ittance. n.s. [from acquit.]

  1. The act of discharging from a debt.

                                        But soon shall find
    Forbearance, no acquittance, ere day end
    Justice shall not return, as beauty, scorn’d.
    Par. Lost, b. x.

  2. A writing testifying the receipt of a debt.

                                You can produce acquittances
    For such a sum, from special officers
    Of Charles his father.
    Shakesp. Love‘s Labour Lost.

    They quickly pay their debt, and then
    Take no acquittances, but pay again.
    Donne.

    They had got a worse trick than that; the same man bought and sold to himself, paid the money, and gave the acquittance. Arbuthnot's Hist. of John Bull.

Sources: Arbuthnot, John (227) · Donne, John (44) · Shakespeare's Love's Labours Lost (33) · Milton, John (449)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Acquittance (noun)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: December 16, 2013. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=13290.


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