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The word allowance has a long and fascinating evolution throughout the history of the English language. Its earliest recorded forms were of Old English origins, such as alwes, meaning always, and alefnesse, meaning permission. Its emergence as a noun, however, began in the 14th Century with the Middle English expression alowance, meaning permission, grant, license. This usage gradually evolved into the modern verbal sense of to grant by legal or proper authority, and by the 16th Century, allowance had become a noun referring to the grant or permission itself.

Morphologically, the word allowance is a fused form of the prefix al-, meaning all, and the suffix -ance derived from the Latin verb anscere, meaning to furnish or provide, which, when combined together, gave the concept of an all-

Henry Fontaine


Allowance is a noun, derived from the Middle English word allowaunce which means permission, allowance, or acceptance. The word can be defined as an amount of money that is given or allotted usually at regular intervals to meet specific needs or goals. Synonyms for allowance include permission, authorization, license, dispensation, permission, and privilege. Antonyms include prohibition, veto, ban, disallowance, and rejection. Cognates include allowance, alance, erlaubnis, permissão, and autorisation. Variants of the word allowance can include allowence, allowence, allowens, and allowens.

Etymological roots, associated forms, derivations, morphological structures, related terms, semantic relations, word-formation processes, linguistic family, historical development, synchronic-diachronic change, semantic acquisition.

George Adrian Postea


Allowance is an engineering term for the tolerance of a difference between expected measurements and actual measurements. This difference is usually taken into consideration in order to account for unavoidable variations due to environmental and other factors. Allowance also often refers to the process of examining models or components for flaws or mistakes before they are sent out for manufacturing. For example, the work of engineers such as Joseph M. Juran and W. Edwards Deming have focused on improving the inspection process of products to ensure that no mistakes are detected when the product is released for sale.

Allowance, Tolerance, Quality Control, Variation.

Ahmad Al-Khatib

CITATION : "Ahmad Al-Khatib. 'Allowance.' Design+Encyclopedia. (Accessed on April 01, 2023)"

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