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Sunday, February 17, 2013

quittance

\KWIT-ns\ , noun;
1.
recompense or requital.
2.
discharge from a debt or obligation.
3.
a document certifying discharge from debt or obligation, as a receipt.
Quotes:
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:
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.
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