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


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


  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

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


"Allowance" is a musical EP of Isolée.

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  1. Allowance: An allowance is an amount of money set aside for a designated purpose.
  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.

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for allowance

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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 previewFederal Tax Policy (2001)

by Joseph A. Pechman

The basic allowance is the payment made by the government when the family or individual receives no income; the break-even level is the income level at which no payment is received and no taxes are paid; and the tax rate is the rate at ...

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 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 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 Social Welfare History in North America (2005)

by John M. Herrick, Paul H. Stuart

The Familv Allowance program was a mainstav o: the Canadian social weiiare scene lor almost 5u years, but in trie past uecade it nas died anu new programs with new meanings have been impiemente J. Wnat foi- iows here is a review ot the ...

Google previewDonna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Sewing (2009)

by Donna Kooler

Stitch about 3⁄8" from the edge, and then trim the seam allowance to 1⁄8". Press and turn the fabric to the wrong side, placing the stitched seam exactly on the fold . Stitch along the original seamline, which should be 1⁄4" from the folded edge.

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Sewing Techniques: A Step-by-step Visual ...

Trim the seam allowance of the sides and lower.

Google previewDonna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Quilting (2010)

by Donna Kooler

Trim the seam allowance on the backside and then press the dark fabric triangle over the stitching line. 11. Position a #5 square onto the backside, as shown. 12. Stitch on the printed side of the paper pattern exactly on the line between ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Library and Information Science (1991)

Volume 49 - Supplement 12: Appraisals to Stress and Burnout in the Library Workplace by Allen Kent

Allowance per FTE faculty member 100 vols. 3. Allowance per FTE student 15 vols. 4. Allowance per undergraduate ...

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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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