• WordNet 3.6
    • n usance accepted or habitual practice
    • n usance (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing "the consumption of energy has increased steadily"
    • n usance the period of time permitted by commercial usage for the payment of a bill of exchange (especially a foreign bill of exchange)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Usance Custom; practice; usage.
    • Usance Interest paid for money; usury.
    • Usance (Com) The time, fixed variously by the usage between different countries, when a bill of exchange is payable; as, a bill drawn on London at one usance, or at double usance .
    • Usance Use; usage; employment.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n usance Using; use; employment.
    • n usance Usage; custom.
    • n usance Premium paid for the use of money loaned; interest.
    • n usance The time which is allowed by custom or usage for the payment of bills of exchange drawn on a distant country. The length of the usance varies in different places from fourteen days to six months after the date of the bill, and the bill may be drawn at usance, half usance, double usance, etc. In recent years a four months' usance has been established for India, China, Japan, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Usance (obs.) use, usage, employment:
    • n Usance (Shak.) usury, interest for money: the time allowed by usage for the payment of a bill of exchange
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. See Use (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ususuti.


In literature:

Still, like a spreading ulcer, which leech-craft may not cure, Let your foul usance eat away the substance of the poor.
"Lays of Ancient Rome" by Thomas Babbington Macaulay
When the steed recovered, bold Siegfried took on a frightful usance in the fray.
"The Nibelungenlied" by Unknown
But 'tis to much purpose to evade it; the common custom and usance of life will have it so.
"The Essays of Montaigne, Complete" by Michel de Montaigne
Item, I have made you over by exchange with Benynge Decasonn, Lombard, 180 nobles sterling, payable at usance.
"Medieval People" by Eileen Edna Power
He knew that a debt to folly bears no grace, and was ready with his principal and usance.
"When Knighthood Was in Flower" by Charles Major
Yet though I had been joined wi' thee by amplest of usance, Still could I never believe this was sufficient of cause.
"The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus" by Caius Valerius Catullus
They have suffered this to become usance also.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
I'll lend no money gratis and bring down the rate of usance.
"A Forest Hearth: A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties" by Charles Major
I have not wanted good words, and exceeding kind and regardful usance.
"Great Ralegh" by Hugh De Selincourt
The plea of long usance would avail him little; another fine would be imposed.
"West African studies" by Mary Henrietta Kingsley

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