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Definition: Usance

Quick Summary of Usance

Usance refers to the time allowed for the payment of foreign bills of exchange, according to law or commercial practice.

What is the dictionary definition of Usance?

Dictionary Definition

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

  1. The time allowed for the payment of short-term foreign bills of exchange. The time varies from country to country, however, in most countries, it’s typically set at 60 days.
  2. Formerly, the rate of interest applied to a loan.


  • Use.
  • Customary or habitual usage.

Full Definition of Usance

In international trade, usance is the allowable period of time, permitted by custom, between the date of the bill and its payment. The usance of a bill varies between countries, often ranging from two weeks to two months. It is also the interest charged on borrowed funds.

The terms also refers to the utilisation of economic goods to satisfy needs. In manufacturing, “usance” means “inputs.” It is used in “usance bills.” This terminology is used in banks in India, when dealing with Forex.

Examples of Usance in a sentence

I’ll open a 240-day usance L/C for the two thirds of your financing.
Our agents have advised us to stipulate that you grant us an additional 30 days usance on all payments.

Synonyms For Usance

use, custom, usage, practice, manner

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Usance are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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