PROVENANCE
. s. f.
T. de Commerce et de Douanes. Il se dit de Tout ce qui provient d'un pays, de tout ce qui est transporté d'un pays dans un autre ; et il s'emploie surtout au pluriel. Les provenances de ce pays ne sont pas soumises aux mêmes droits que celles de tel autre. On dit de même, Des marchandises de provenance étrangère.

L'Academie francaise. 1835.

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