Many people in my area use the word "agreeance" and I find it irksome. Dictionary.com seems to be in agreement with me (har har): http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/agreeance

Main Entry: agreeance
Part of Speech: n
Definition: the act of agreeing
Example: Usage of the site constitutes agreeance with these terms.
Usage: considered obsolete and a bastardization of 'agreement'

Do you use it? Do you think it's acceptable or obsolete?

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    I'm going to start pushing the use of this word again. I've heard it around Texas. I say the more words, the merrier :)
    – user6535
    Commented Mar 25, 2011 at 16:52
  • I had never heard this so-called word until a couple of years ago. My husband's ex-wife had said it once. Just today I heard a nurse say it to a patient and I had a silent chuckle. I was watching Judge Judy last year and a litigant used agreeance and the judge quickly advised them that this is not a word. I am in agreeance with the Judge and will avoid using agreeance in place of agreement.
    – user6775
    Commented Apr 1, 2011 at 5:07
  • I always thought agreeance was not a valid word. I just heard someone use it in a meeting and decided to look it up — I refuse to use it!
    – user5209
    Commented Apr 1, 2011 at 9:53
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    In a major triumph for the word, agreance has, since 2000, established a sustained advantage in frequency of use over aggrievance for the first time since the late 1870s—not that the two words have anything in common beyond their dubiousness in mainstream English. (See this Ngram graph for the particulars.) Congratulations are surely in order.
    – Sven Yargs
    Commented Dec 13, 2017 at 19:04

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That's an interesting question. Even though the word "agreeance" appears in some dictionaries as a synonym for "agreement", it is in the error list of the book "Common Errors in English Usage":


When you agree with someone you are in agreement.

That is on page 8 of the PDF(link broken) sample of the book.

To be on the safe side, I will keep using "agreement".

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    right. Agreeance is nonstandard. Commented Sep 17, 2010 at 3:12
  • Always remember that dictionaries are descriptive, not prescriptive -- unless they declare themselves to be otherwise (like Noah Webster's "let's change all the spellings" offering).
    – bye
    Commented Feb 18, 2011 at 16:01
  • Right, so you would use agreeance as such: "This is an agreeance: I am agreeing with you in agreement." But even my spellchecker chokes on it; I would avoid using it.
    – MrHen
    Commented Mar 25, 2011 at 17:55

I don't think that "agreeance" is a commonly accepted word. That's not to say that it's not used in certain circles or regions, but I don't remember that I have ever heard it or read it, and it strikes me as odd. I would never use it myself. When you say "people in my area" do you mean a geographic area or a particular occupation or discipline? I'm curious about this group that uses the word.

  • I live in a suburb of Houston and used to work for the school district. I've heard it coming mostly from people on the administration end of things... "We need to be in agreeance on this before we can move on."
    – Sandy
    Commented Sep 18, 2010 at 17:15

Agreeance comes from the Old French agréance and would therefore be expected to be used in areas with (former) French influence. It is also used in New Zealand. But it is commonly viewed as outdated and even wrong.

  • It has a closer connection to Scotch (or Scottish, if you find the proper Scotch offensive) Law. It still originates in Old French, but it came into English usage through Law French, like Assize, Oyer and Terminer, and so forth did.
    – bye
    Commented Feb 18, 2011 at 18:29