• WordNet 3.6
    • n acquittance a legal document evidencing the discharge of a debt or obligation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Acquittance A writing which is evidence of a discharge; a receipt in full, which bars a further demand. "You can produce acquittances For such a sum, from special officers."
    • Acquittance The clearing off of debt or obligation; a release or discharge from debt or other liability.
    • v. t Acquittance To acquit.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n acquittance The act of acquitting or discharging from a debt or any other liability; the state of being so discharged.
    • n acquittance A writing in evidence of a discharge; a receipt in full, which bars a further demand.
    • n acquittance The act of clearing one's self.
    • acquittance To acquit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Acquittance a discharge from an obligation or debt: a receipt in evidence of such a discharge
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. aquitance, fr. aquiter,. See Acquit
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. acquiter—L. ad, to, quietāre, to give rest. See Quit.


In literature:

J'ai encore une autre dette dont je vous prie de me permettre de m'acquitter.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Vol 2 (of 3), 1844-1853" by Queen Victoria
So I sente my acquittance, for they said without mine ther would be no end made (& ther was good reason for it).
"Bradford's History of 'Plimoth Plantation'" by William Bradford
Probably his acquittal was due to his relationship to Lord Longueville, an influential Irish peer.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
Eleven were for acquittal, one woman was against it.
"Psychology and Social Sanity" by Hugo Münsterberg
But to you, my true judges, who voted for my acquittal, I would speak while yet we may.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
Popham objected that he might prevaricate in order to procure the acquittal of his 'old friend.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
After lasting for seven years it ended in 1795 in the acquittal of the accused on every count.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
He dismissed the two judges who had favoured the acquittal of the Bishops.
"History of the English People, Volume VII (of 8)" by John Richard Green
As long as there exists the right of appeal there is a chance of acquittal.
"The Shadow On The Dial, and Other Essays" by Ambrose Bierce
In regard to the other two charges, that of the shops and that of the militia, absolute acquittal was decided.
"The Loyalist" by James Francis Barrett

In poetry:

Poor debtors, by our Lord's request
A full acquittance we receive!
And criminals, with pardon blest,
We, at our Judge's instance, live!
"Hymn XI: God, the Offended God Most High" by Charles Wesley
The Senate, in its ordered state,
Might free — its voice inspired no awe
Acquittal did not liberate —
The Autocrat annulled the law.
"The Beauteous Terrorist" by Sir Henry Parkes

In news:

Detective gives opinion on Paad's acquittal .
Acquittal could boost Clemens' Hall bid.
Outside the courthouse, The Rocket's fans exult in acquittal .
Feds take a hit after Clemens' acquittal .
Acquittal on charge of criminal misconduct.
Norway mass killer Anders Behring Breivik wants death penalty or acquittal .
Attorneys for VictoryLand owner file motion for acquittal .
BROOKVILLE — Convicted murderer Steven P Rebert, who found guilty of two counts of criminal homicide following his jury trial in January, has filed post-trial motions for acquittal or a new trial.
Verdict in bingo trial was 8-4 for acquittal .
One acquittal , one conviction for man in execution-style killings.
McConnell Raises Concern Over Civilian Terror Trials in Light of Casey Anthony Acquittal .
No new trial, no acquittal for Amish sect leader convicted in Ohio beard -cuttings.
Ed Forchion, known as NJ Weedman, will be re-tried on drug distribution charges in September - if his motion for acquittal fails.
What has happened to the Camden 28 in the 35 years since their acquittal.
Scott Campbell gets a hug from Tina Cahill, wife of co-defendant and former state treasurer Timothy P Cahill, after Campbell 's acquittal today.