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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Definitions for quittance

  1. recompense or requital.
  2. discharge from a debt or obligation.
  3. a document certifying discharge from debt or obligation, as a receipt.

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Citations for quittance
Very good; here is the money. Now make me out a quittance, signed. Edward Gilliat, John Standish, Or, The Harrowing of London
And now she said to Leta, "Give me your quittance price." "Mother," said Leta, "it is all I have." Doris Lessing, Mara and Dann
Origin of quittance
1175-1225
Quittance is derived from the Old French quit meaning "free, clear." The root did not take on its negative connotation, "to give up," until the 1600s.