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Usance   Listen
noun
Usance  n.  
1.
Use; usage; employment. (Obs.)
2.
Custom; practice; usage. (Obs.)
3.
Interest paid for money; usury. (Obs.)
4.
(Com.) The time, fixed variously by the usage between different countries, when a bill of exchange is payable; as, a bill drawn on London at one usance, or at double usance.






Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48








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"Usance" Quotes from Famous Books



... them I considered it only as paying myself what they owed me: indeed, I did not always confine myself strictly to what I had set down, however extravagant that was; but I reconciled taking the overplus to myself as usance. ...
— From This World to the Next • Henry Fielding

... his fellowman hath fed, Then 'spite the law forbidding interest, He thinketh naught but cursed gain to wrest. Who taketh usury methinks hath said: 'O Lord, in beauty has Thy earth been wrought! But why should men for naught enjoy its plains? Ask usance, since 'tis Thou that sendest rains. Have they the trees, their fruits, and blossoms bought? For all they here enjoy, Thy int'rest claim: For heaven's orbs that shine by day and night, Th' immortal soul ...
— Jewish Literature and Other Essays • Gustav Karpeles



Words linked to "Usance" :   survival, couvade, economic science, Britishism, Americanism, economic consumption, Anglicism, time period, conspicuous consumption, use, practice, political economy, use of goods and services, ritual, period, rite, commercialism, pattern, consuetude, hijab, habit, custom, usage, demand, mercantilism



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