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[ri-mit-ns] /rɪˈmɪt ns/
the sending of money, checks, etc., to a recipient at a distance.
money or its equivalent sent from one place to another.
1695-1705; remit + -ance
Related forms
preremittance, noun
Can be confused
remission, remittance. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for remittances
  • But historically, it's been difficult to direct the money because the remittances are private funds sent between families.
  • Gold and cocoa production, and individual remittances, are major sources of foreign exchange.
  • And that isn't to even mention that remittances are helping to prop up the economies of the countries to our south.
  • The population is poor, relying overwhelmingly on remittances from relatives working abroad, but friendly.
  • As in previous years, the large trade deficit was offset by family remittances.
  • All daily remittances must be sent by overnight traceable method.
  • For these instructions, payments for debts, premiums or fees are defined as remittances.
  • Electronic remittances are mandatory at this withholding threshold, so these taxpayers will not receive payment vouchers.
  • remittances, including unendorsed returned benefit checks, are mailed the same day.
  • Special post office boxes to facilitate the processing of large remittances.
British Dictionary definitions for remittances


payment for goods or services received or as an allowance, esp when sent by post
the act of remitting
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Word Origin and History for remittances



1705; see remit + -ance. Earlier in same sense were remitment (1610s of offenses; 1670s of money sent); remital (1590s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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