Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Release from a debt, an obligation, or a penalty.
  • n. A document or receipt certifying such release.
  • n. Something given as requital or recompense; a repayment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a release or acquittal
  • n. a discharge from a debt or obligation; a document that shows this discharge
  • n. a recompense or reprisal

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Discharge from a debt or an obligation; acquittance.
  • n. Recompense; return; repayment.
  • transitive v. To repay; to requite.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Acquittance; discharge from a debt or obligation; a receipt.
  • n. Recompense; requital; return; repayment.
  • To repay; make requital or return for.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a document or receipt certifying release from an obligation or debt
  • n. payment of a debt or obligation

Etymologies

Middle English quitance, from Old French, from quiter, to free; see quit.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Young Marcovich owed Young Dick two dollars, and Young Dick accepted the payment of a dollar and forty cents as full quittance of the debt.

    CHAPTER IV

  • And every hour of love, I have heard him say, pays for itself, on both sides, quittance in full.

    CHAPTER XXVII

  • Garrio and Nasthai exchanged a few words, and likewise some quittance passed from hand to hand, and Garrio said in the High, “Bring your belongings.”

    Wildfire

  • It was impossible for him to leave all these arrears of suffering behind him, and he wished, before entering joyously into the future, to obtain a quittance from the past.

    Les Miserables

  • And will any way when my bell of quittance is heard in the gloom

    Afterwards

  • Accordingly, on the morrow he gave him a thousand dinars and a suit of clothes and a black slave and mounting him on a she-mule, said to him, Allah give thee quittance of responsibility for all this,29 inasmuch as thou art my friend and it behoveth me to deal generously with thee.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • If thou do this, perhaps the device will impose upon the Wazir and the people, and they will believe that thou broughtest her not to the bazar, but for the quittance of thine oath.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • I have brought thee to the bazar for quittance of mine oath; now get thee home and thwart me no more as is thy wont.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • It is very true that St. Stanislaus, who had bought a considerable estate from a Polish gentleman, and not paid him for it, being brought before King Boleslaus by his heirs, raised up the gentleman; but this was solely to get quittance.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • I already paid mine safely via his mailbox and hope that he delivers my quittance in the same fashion.

    nebet Diary Entry

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  • A FIFTH sort (God be with them) they are dead,
    And everyone my quittance under's head:
    To ask them coin, I know they have it not,
    And where nought is, there's nothing to be got,
    I'll never wrong them with invective lines,
    Nor trouble their good heirs, or their assigns.

    - John Taylor, 'A Kicksey Winsey'.

    August 2, 2009