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1 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"
2 a sum granted as reimbursement for expenses
3 an amount added or deducted on the basis of qualifying circumstances; "an allowance for profit" [syn: adjustment]
4 a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits [syn: leeway, margin, tolerance]
5 a reserve fund created by a charge against profits in order to provide for changes in the value of a company's assets [syn: valuation reserve, valuation account, allowance account]
6 the act of allowing; "He objected to the allowance of smoking in the diningroom" v : put on a fixed allowance, as of food

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alouance (cf allouer)


  • /əˈlaʊəns/, /@"laU@ns/


  1. The act of allowing, granting, conceding, or admitting; authorization; permission; sanction; tolerance.
    Without the king's will or the state's allowance. --Shak.
  2. Acknowledgment.
    The censure of the which one must in your allowance overweigh a whole theater of others. --Shak.
  3. 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. --Thackeray.
  4. 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. --Macaulay.
  5. (commercial) A customary deduction from the gross weight of goods, different in different countries, such as tare and tret.
  6. A child's allowance; pocket money.


The act of allowing, granting, conceding, or admitting; authorization; permission; sanction; tolerance
That which is allowed
Abatement; deduction; the taking into account of mitigating circumstances
A customary deduction from the gross weight of goods

Extensive Definition

Allowance may refer to:
allowance in German: Spesen
allowance in Hebrew: דמי כיס
allowance in Dutch: Zakgeld
allowance in Russian: Припуск
allowance in Simple English: Allowance
allowance in Swedish: Traktamente

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