Definitions for: Allowance

[n] the act of allowing; "He objected to the allowance of smoking in the diningroom"
[n] a permissible difference; allowing freedom to move within limits
[n] an amount added or deducted on the basis of qualifying circumstances; "an allowance for profit"
[n] an amount allowed or granted (as during a given period); "travel allowance"; "my weekly allowance of two eggs"; "a child's allowance should not be too generous"
[n] a sum granted as reimbursement for expenses
[n] a reserve fund created by a charge against profits in order to provide for changes in the value of a company's assets
[v] put on a fixed allowance, as of food

Webster (1913) Definition: Al*low"ance, n. [OF. alouance.]
1. Approval; approbation. [Obs.] --Crabbe.

2. The act of allowing, granting, conceding, or admitting;
authorization; permission; sanction; tolerance.

Without the king's will or the state's allowance.

3. Acknowledgment.

The censure of the which one must in your allowance
o'erweigh a whole theater of others. --Shak.

4. License; indulgence. [Obs.] --Locke.

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.

I can give the boy a handsome allowance.

6. Abatement; deduction; the taking into account of
mitigating circumstances; as, to make allowance for the
inexperience of youth.

After making the largest allowance for fraud.

7. (com.) A customary deduction from the gross weight of
goods, different in different countries, such as tare and

Al*low"ance, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Allowancing.]
[See Allowance, n.]
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

Synonyms: adjustment, allowance account, leeway, margin, tolerance, valuation account, valuation reserve

See Also: allow, cost-of-living allowance, deduction, depreciation allowance, disagreement, discount, discrepancy, divergence, grant, license, part, percentage, permission, permit, portion, privy purse, recompense, reimbursement, reserve account, reserve fund, seasonal adjustment, share, tolerance, travel allowance, variance

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