al·​low·​able | \ ə-ˈlau̇-ə-bəl How to pronounce allowable (audio) \

Definition of allowable

: permissible allowable income tax deductions

Other Words from allowable

allowably \ ə-​ˈlau̇-​ə-​blē How to pronounce allowable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of allowable in a Sentence

international travel without a passport isn't allowable
Recent Examples on the Web But experts also say allowable uses of the funds under federal guidelines can encompass a pretty wide range of uses. Lily Altavena, Detroit Free Press, 12 Apr. 2022 Having been with the Heat last season on a $7 million salary, the Heat have the right to start a new contract for Tucker at $8.4 million (the allowable 20 percent raise available to all players). Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 29 June 2022 Any allowable regulation demands a compelling state interest, with convincing evidence of the need and effectiveness of the regulation. Morgan Marietta, The Conversation, 23 June 2022 Prosecutors in the memo described Maxwell as a multi-millionaire and said the court should impose the maximum total allowable fine of $750,000. Jonathan Dienst, NBC News, 23 June 2022 Prosecutors are also requesting that the court impose a maximum allowable fine of $750,000. Eric Levenson, CNN, 23 June 2022 Small or midsize government contractors cannot compete with large private businesses who offer salaries/benefits that far exceed anything allowable when your client is the government. Lisa M. Bolton, Washington Post, 17 June 2022 That means there could be different allowable drivers for recreational players than for those allowed at collegiate, elite amateur and professional competitions. Dave Shedloski, WSJ, 16 June 2022 Public records show that Rubenstein votes in Alaska but has never applied for a Permanent Fund dividend, which can only be paid to Alaskans who spend 180 days or fewer outside the state, except for allowable absences. Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, 16 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of allowable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for allowable

Middle English alowable, allowable "proper, admissible," borrowed from Anglo-French alouable, from aluer, aloer "to accept as legally valid, permit" + -able -able — more at allow

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“Allowable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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al·​low·​able | \ ə-ˈlau̇-ə-bəl How to pronounce allowable (audio) \

Kids Definition of allowable

: not forbidden Baggage may not exceed the allowable weight.

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