al·​low·​able ə-ˈlau̇-ə-bəl How to pronounce allowable (audio)
: permissible
allowable income tax deductions
allowably adverb

Examples of allowable in a Sentence

international travel without a passport isn't allowable
Recent Examples on the Web If your employer does not sponsor a retirement savings program, then an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) offers essentially the same tax benefits and nearly as much legal protection against creditors while the maximum allowable annual contribution is lower. Michael J. Francis, Journal Sentinel, 16 May 2024 The agency calculated that even with mitigation measures in place, the mine was likely to exceed the allowable cancer risk. Ian Max Stevenson, Idaho Statesman, 10 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for allowable 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of allowable was in the 15th century

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“Allowable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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