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1. The act of allowing or admitting.

2. Permission; license; approbation; sanction; usually slight approbation.

3. Admission; assent to a fact or state of things; a granting.

4. Freedom from restraint; indulgence.

5. That which is allowed; a portion appointed; a stated quantity, as of food or drink; hence, in seamen's language, a limited quantity of meat and drink, when provisions fall short.

6. Abatement; deduction; as, to make an allowance for the inexperience of youth.

7. Established character; reputation; as, a pilot of approved allowance obsolete

ALLOW'ANCE, verb transitive To put upon allowance; to restrain or limit to a certain quantity of provisions or drink.

Distress compelled the captain of the ship to allowance his crew.