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  • noun Plural form of acquittance.


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  • When someone's called you -- accused you of flat-out perjury on national TV, especially when they have no basis for it, it -- I could not just jump into a conversation with him as though we had just been civil acquittances.

    Speaking Truth to Power 1997

  • William Clark & Pierre Chouteau or either of them in the absence of the others are hereby appointed and fully authorized by the Company to sign and execute all notes, bills, obligations, receipts discharges & acquittances for and in behalf of the Company.

    St. Louis Missouri Fur Company - Articles of Association 1916

  • Majesty the King of the French, and that the President has granted a special power to the said Messrs. de Rothschild Brothers, authorizing and empowering them, upon the due receipt of the same, to give the necessary acquittances to the French Government, according to the provisions of the convention referred to.

    A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents Volume 3, part 1: Andrew Jackson (Second Term) 1878

  • His rights cannot be established by possession from time immemorial, nor by innumerable and regular acquittances; he must produce the act of enfeoffment which is many centuries old, the lease which has never, perhaps, been written out, the primitive title already rare in 1720, [2229] and since stolen or burnt in the recent jacqueries: otherwise he is despoiled without indemnity.

    The French Revolution - Volume 1 Hippolyte Taine 1860

  • What if all the nobles whose chateaux are burnt, and who have given rent acquittances at the point of the sword, should find some way to avenge themselves and recover their former privileges!

    The French Revolution - Volume 1 Hippolyte Taine 1860

  • Others, with sword in hand, compel him to give them acquittances.

    The French Revolution - Volume 1 Hippolyte Taine 1860

  • On this principle, at Barjols, they tax the Ursulin nuns 1,800 livres, carry off fifty loads of wheat from the Chapter, eighteen from one poor artisan, and forty from another, and constrain canons and beneficiaries to give acquittances to their farmers.

    The French Revolution - Volume 1 Hippolyte Taine 1860

  • Heir the practical enjoyment of the property bequeathed, and to give the force of legal acquittances to his payments of the Testator's debts.

    Ancient Law Its Connection to the History of Early Society Henry Sumner Maine 1855

  • Rughbur Sing, that his agent, Kurum Hoseyn, appeared to have attacked the house of Seodeen, though he had paid all that was due by him to the State, according to his engagements, and plundered it of property to the value of eighteen thousand rupees, and seized and confined all his relations -- that he must cause all the property to be restored, and obtain acquittances from the sufferers.

    A Journey through the Kingdom of Oude, Volumes I & II William Sleeman 1822

  • The payment of the debt, so far as it was to be made in Europe, might be suspended only until the national convention should authorize some power to sign acquittances for the monies received; and the sums required for St. Domingo would be immediately furnished.

    The Life of George Washington, Vol. 5 (of 5) Commander in Chief of the American Forces During the War which Established the Independence of his Country and First President of the United States John Marshall 1795


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