Definitions of usance
  1. noun
    the period of time permitted by commercial usage for the payment of a bill of exchange (especially a foreign bill of exchange)
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    type of:
    period, period of time, time period
    an amount of time
  2. noun
    accepted or habitual practice
    synonyms: custom, usage
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    a custom that is peculiar to the United States or its citizens
    Anglicism, Britishism
    a custom that is peculiar to England or its citizens
    a custom or usage that has acquired the force of law
    a custom among some peoples whereby the husband of a pregnant wife is put to bed at the time of bearing the child
    a custom that is peculiar to Germany or its citizens
    habit, use
    (psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition
    the custom in some Islamic societies of women dressing modestly outside the home
    rite, ritual
    any customary observance or practice
    stereotyped behavior
    second nature
    acquired behavior that is practiced so long it seems innate
    betrothal, espousal
    the act of becoming betrothed or engaged
    marriage, marriage ceremony, wedding
    the act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony
    rite of passage
    a ritual performed in some cultures at times when an individual changes status (as from adolescence to adulthood)
    the habit of keeping free of superficial imperfections
    type of:
    pattern, practice
    a customary way of operation or behavior
    something that survives
  3. noun
    (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing
    synonyms: consumption, economic consumption, use, use of goods and services
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    conspicuous consumption
    buying expensive services and products in order to flaunt your wealth
    type of:
    the ability and desire to purchase goods and services
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