What does the word quittance mean?

Usage examples for quittance

  1. M. Collot had given one of these bills for 300, 000 livres to Bonaparte in quittance of a debt, but the latter had allowed the bill to run out without troubling himself about it. – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
  2. Wife, I will send this very day a hundred philipdalers to Slimbroek, so that that poor sinner may also rejoice at Smetse's quittance. – Flemish Legends by Charles de Coster
  3. So long as he worked or waited, Madeline remained in New York, but when in February death gave him his quittance, she took her freedom too, with wide intentions and many coupons. – The Pool in the Desert by Sara Jeanette Duncan