quittance (plural quittances)

  1. A release or acquittal.
  2. A discharge from a debt or obligation; a document that shows this discharge.
    • c. 1599, William Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act III, Scene 5,
      I marvel why I answer’d not again;
      But that’s all one: omittance is no quittance.
  3. (obsolete) Recompense; return; repayment.
    • 1594, Christopher Marlowe, Edward II (play), London: William Jones,
      Qu[een]. Ah Mortimer! now breaks the kings hate forth,
      And he confesseth that he loues me not.
      Mor[timer] iu[nior]. Crie quittance Madam then, & loue not him.
    • c. 1607, William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens, Act I, Scene 1,
      […] Plutus, the god of gold,
      Is but his steward: no meed but he repays
      Sevenfold above itself; no gift to him
      But breeds the giver a return exceeding
      All use of quittance.

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