One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A written receipt attesting the settlement of a fine or debt.
document, chit, coupon, voucher, certificate, counterfoil, bill, receipt, sales slip, proof of purchaseView synonyms
- ‘Upon partial payment, the creditor may insist on receiving a new bond for the remnant, or he may give an acquittance for the part paid.’
- ‘Requirements to be met so that paid cheques do not have to be obtained from banks by public health organisations as acquittances for payment made.’
- ‘If expenses incurred exceeded the value of the travel advance, approval from the Group Head is required prior to submitting the acquittance to your Interface Administrator.’
- ‘The University will provide accurate and timely acquittances to granting bodies in accordance with the terms and conditions specified in each grant contract or agreement.’
- ‘Missing from the acquittances are the parishes on the west of the county in Wigmore, Huntington and Ewias Lacy hundreds, including Leominster.’
Middle English: from Old French, from aquiter ‘discharge (a debt)’ (see acquit).
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