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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Allowance  \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. 
  --Shak. 
 
  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. 
  --Thackeray. 
 
  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. 
  --Macaulay. 
 
  7.  (com.)  A  customary  deduction  from  the  gross  weight  of 
  goods,  different  in  different  countries,  such  as  tare  and 
  tret. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Allowance  \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 
  allowanced. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  allowance 
  n  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  [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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