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English noun: usance

1. usance (time) the period of time permitted by commercial usage for the payment of a bill of exchange (especially a foreign bill of exchange)

Broader (hypernym)period, period of time, time period

Domain categorycommerce, commercialism, mercantilism

2. usance (process) (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing

SamplesThe consumption of energy has increased steadily.

Synonymsconsumption, economic consumption, use, use of goods and services

Broader (hypernym)demand

Narrower (hyponym)conspicuous consumption

Domain categoryeconomic science, economics, political economy

3. usance (act) accepted or habitual practice

Synonymscustom, usage

Broader (hypernym)pattern, practice, survival

Narrower (hyponym)Americanism, Anglicism, Britishism, consuetude, couvade, Germanism, habit, hijab, rite, ritual, use

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