Definition of acquittance in English:



  • A written receipt attesting the settlement of a fine or debt.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Missing from the acquittances are the parishes on the west of the county in Wigmore, Huntington and Ewias Lacy hundreds, including Leominster.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    document, chit, coupon, voucher, certificate, counterfoil, bill, receipt, sales slip, proof of purchase
    View synonyms


Middle English: from Old French, from aquiter ‘discharge (a debt)’ (see acquit).