One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A release or discharge from a debt or obligation.
paying off, paying back, discharge, clearing, squaring, honouringView synonyms
- ‘After quittances involving debt payments, perhaps the next largest number of documents involving Jews were concerned with buying defense against outrageous fees and licensing.’
- 1.1 A document certifying this; a receipt.
Middle English: from Old French quitance, from quiter ‘to release’ (see quit).
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