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Noun: usance  yooz-un(t)s
  1. The period of time permitted by commercial usage for the payment of a bill of exchange (especially a foreign bill of exchange)
     
  2. (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing
    - consumption, economic consumption, use, use of goods and services
     
  3. Accepted or habitual practice
    - custom, usage

Derived forms: usances

Type of: demand, pattern, period, period of time, practice, survival, time period

Encyclopedia: Usance