al·low·ance /ə-'lau̇-əns/ n
1: an allotted share: as
a: a sum granted as a reimbursement or payment for expenses
an allowance to support the deceased's family
deduction for a moving allowance
b: a sum granted as a reduction or increase
an allowance for depreciation
2: an act of allowing
allowance of a deduction

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

index acceptance, acquiescence, advancement (loan), alimony, annuity, apportionment, appropriation (allotment), approval, assignment (allotment), budget, capacity (authority), cession, charter (sanction), commission (fee), concession (authorization), concession (compromise), condonation, consent, disbursement (funds paid out), discount, dispensation (exception), dower, endowment, excuse, exemption, franchise (license), gift (present), grant, indulgence, justification, leave (permission), license, maintenance (support of spouse), offset, option (contractual provision), part (portion), pay, payment (remittance), payroll, pension, permission, perquisite, privilege, quota, ration, rebate, sanction (permission), subsidy, sufferance, tolerance, wage

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(1) The amount that is permitted.
(2) A sum of money paid to someone regularly.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

1 A portion or share, especially of money.
2 A portion of a decedent's estate awarded by statute to the decedent's survivors for support during the administration of the estate, regardless of whether they have any rights to the estate or any testamentary disposition or competing claims to the estate. If statutorily available is only to the surviving spouse, it is known as a spousal (or widow's or widower's) allowance. If statutorily available is to surviving spouse, children, or parents, it is known as a family allowance.
See also elective share.
3 The court-ordered financial award to a fiduciary for services rendered.
4 A deduction.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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