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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun allowance:

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Definition of the noun allowance

What does allowance mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: allowances

  1. an amount allowed or granted (as during a given period)
    • examples: travel allowance | my weekly allowance of two eggs | a child's allowance should not be too generous
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • more generic words: part / percentage / portion / share = assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group
    • more specific term: privy purse = allowance for a monarch's personal expenses
  2. a sum granted as reimbursement for expenses
  3. an amount added or deducted on the basis of qualifying circumstances
    • example: an allowance for profit
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • synonym of allowance: adjustment
    • more generic word: recompense = payment or reward
    • more specific terms:
      • cost-of-living allowance = an allowance for changes in the consumer price index
      • depreciation allowance = an allowance for loss due to depreciation
      • deduction / discount = an amount or percentage deducted
      • seasonal adjustment = a statistical adjustment made to accommodate predictable fluctuations as a function of the season of the year
      • tare = an adjustment made for the weight of the packaging in order to determine the net weight of the goods
  4. a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits
  5. a reserve fund created by a charge against profits in order to provide for changes in the value of a company's assets
  6. the act of allowing
    • example: He objected to the allowance of smoking in the dining room
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: license / permission / permit = the act of giving a formal (usually written) authorization
    • more specific word: tolerance = the act of tolerating something

Alternative definition of the noun allowance

noun

  1. The act of allowing, granting, conceding, or admitting; authorization; permission; sanction; tolerance.
  2. See Acknowledgment.
  3. That which is allowed; a share or portion allotted or granted; a sum granted as a reimbursement, a bounty, or as appropriate for any purpose; a stated quantity, as of food or drink; hence, a limited quantity of meat and drink, when provisions fall short.
  4. Abatement; deduction; the taking into account of mitigating circumstances; as, to make allowance for the inexperience of youth.
  5. [context: commerce] A customary deduction from the gross weight of goods, different in different countries, such as tare and tret.
  6. A child's allowance; pocket money.

Definition of the verb allowance

What does allowance mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: allowanced | allowancing | allowances

  1. put on a fixed allowance, as of food
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic words: allow / grant = let have

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  1. Allowance: An allowance is an amount of money given or allotted usually at regular intervals for a specific purpose. In the context of children, parents may provide an allowance to their child for their miscellaneous personal spending. In the construction industry it may be an amount allocated to a specific item of work as part of an overall contract.
  2. Allowance: In engineering and machining, an allowance is a planned deviation between an actual dimension and a nominal or theoretical dimension, or between an intermediate-stage dimension and an intended final dimension. The unifying abstract concept is that a certain amount of difference allows for some known factor of compensation or interference. For example, an area of excess metal may be left because it is needed to complete subsequent machining. Common cases are listed below. An allowance, which is a planned deviation from an ideal, is contrasted with a tolerance, which accounts for expected but unplanned deviations.

Phrases with allowance

  1. allowance account
  2. Seam Allowance
  3. travel allowance
  4. Attendance Allowance
  5. Jobseeker's Allowance
  6. depreciation allowance
  7. cost-of-living allowance

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for allowance

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Google previewFoundations of Marketing (2014)

by William Pride, O. C. Ferrell

One such trade allowance is a buying allowance, a temporary price reduction offered to resellers for purchasing specified quantities of a product. A soap producer, for example, might give retailers $1 for each case of soap purchased.

Google previewMarketing 2014 (2013)

by William Pride, Ferrell

One such trade allowance is a buying allowance, a temporary price reduction offered to resellers for purchasing specified quantities of a product. A soap producer, for example, might give retailers $1 for each case of soap purchased.

Google previewMarketing (2008)

by William Pride, Ferrell

One such trade allowance is a buying allowance, a temporary price reduction offered to resellers for purchasing specified quantities of a product. A soap producer, for example, might give retailers $1 for each case of soap purchased.

Google previewMarketing 2016 (2015)

by William Pride, O. C. Ferrell

One such trade allowance is a buying allowance, a temporary price reduction offered to resellers for purchasing specified quantities of a product. A soap producer, for example, might give retailers $1 for each case of soap purchased.

Google previewYour Federal Income Tax for Individuals (2006)

by United States. Internal Revenue Service

A per diem allowance is a fixed amount of daily reimbursement your employer gives you for your lodging, meal, and incidental expenses when...

Google previewEY Tax Guide 2015 (2014)

by Ernst & Young

A per diem allowance is a fixed amount of daily reimbursement your employer gives you for your lodging, meal, and incidental expenses when you are...

A car allowance is an amount your employer gives you for the business use of your car.

Google previewExportimport bank OMB's method for estimating bank's loss rates involves challenges and lacks transparency : report to congressional committees.

Loan Loss Allowance Is an Important Factor in an Institution's Financial Condition The loan loss allowance plays a key role in the financial condition of a bank.2 It reflects a bank's judgment of the overall collectibility of its loan portfolio; that is, ...

Google previewCombat Poverty Agency Submission to the Department of Social Welfare on the Review of the National Fuel Scheme (1996)

by Combat Poverty Agency

The Fuel Allowance is a payment of £5 per week for low income households who undergo a means test. The scheme operates from mid-October to mid-April. An additional payment of £3 per week is payable to households living in areas ...

Google previewHow Social Security Works (2011)

An Introduction to Benefits in Britain by Paul Spicker

Attendance Allowance is the main benefit for disabled people over retirement age – and most disabled people are over retirement age. Despite the name...

Disability Living Allowance is a more complex benefit for disabled people under 65.

Google previewMarketing Express (2010)

by William Pride, O. C. Ferrell

A scan-back allowance is a manufacturer's reward to retailers based on the number of pieces moved through the retailers' scanners during a specific time period. To participate in scan-back programs, retailers usually are expected to pass ...

Google previewProfitable Partnering in Construction Procurement (2003)

by Stephen Ogunlana

The average risk allowance is the probability of the client requiring it multiplied by the maximum...

The rationale for using a 50% chance of being exceeded in the average risk allowance is that it is unusual for all identified risks, that is the worst ...

Google previewThe Family Counselor (2012)

by Jerome H. Blass, Phd

regular allowance is a small step toward helping a child learn early in life the value of money and the need to budget and set up priorities. Providing a regular allowance beginning with the age when the child starts school helps to promote a ...

Google previewHousing: moving into crisis? (1990)

by Combat Poverty Agency

For homeless people and indeed for many others in the population, the Supplementary Welfare Allowance is a vital lifeline. And yet it is so problematic. The fact that assistance is discretionary has given rise to great variation not only across ...

Google previewEuropean Union Internal Market Law (2014)

by Friedl Weiss, Clemens Kaupa

allowance is a social advantage within Article 7. 93 Union citizenship (Articles 18–25 TFEU) Introduction.

Google previewDictionary of Accounting (1985)

by Ralph W. Estes

allowance (1) An account deducted from an asset account to reflect a reduction in value or utility of the asset; a contra asset.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Canadian Social Work (2005)

by Francis J. Turner

Mother's Allowance Commission (ON) eration to inherit the nation. Examples of public interventions were provided by the implementation of the mothers aid programs in some of the American states and, as well, by support provided by the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia Of Corrosion Technology (2004)

by Philip A. Schweitzer, P.E.

CORROSION ALLOWANCE The requited wall thickness of a pressure vessel or storage tank is derermined by the physical and mechanical properties of the specific metal or alloy being used and the operating conditions of remperature and ...

Google previewThe Entrepreneur's Dictionary of Business and Financial Terms (2013)

by Khwaja Masoom

Allowance Method Allowance: (1) An acceptable reduction in quantity or quality such as normal spoilage in a manufacturing operation. (2) A reduction in the amount owed a supplier because of damaged goods received or delays encountered ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Sewing Techniques (2003)

A Step-by-step Visual Directory, with an Inspirational Gallery of Finished Works by Wendy Gardiner

Trim the seam allowance of the sides and lower.

Google previewDictionary of Environmental Economics (2014)

by Renat Perelet, Pamela Mason, Anil Markandya, Tim Taylor

allowance. agroforestry. A form of intercropping in which annual herbaceous crops are interspersed with perennial trees or shrubs. The deeper-rooted trees can often exploit water and nutrients not available to the herbs. The trees may also ...

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Scrabble value of A1L1L1O1W4A1N1C3E1

The value of this 9-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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