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

Definition of allowable

: permissible allowable income tax deductions

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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 The public-health clerisy also set boundaries for allowable discussion. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 26 May 2021 Other allowable uses, according to the federal government’s guidelines, include infrastructure and preparation for a future pandemic, Hutchinson said. Rachel Herzog, Arkansas Online, 11 May 2021 Guidehouse would advise the county on strategies and compliance, including allowable uses and reimbursement for county expenses in response to COVID-19. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, 23 Mar. 2021 Should it eventually be proven the horse did have 21 picograms of the drug in his system, 11 picograms over the allowable limit, he would be stripped of his Kentucky Derby win and disqualified. Houston Mitchell Assistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2021 About 70% of the water in the tanks exceeds allowable discharge limits for contamination but will be filtered again and diluted with seawater before it is released, the report says. Author: Mari Yamaguchi, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Apr. 2021 The concentrations found in deer spleens have been far below the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's allowable levels for consumption of other foods, like fruit or beef, that may have neonicotinoid residue. Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, 4 Mar. 2021 Attorneys working under former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had concluded that neither the Higher Education Act nor the HEROES Act gives the president the kind of authority that advocates say is allowable. Adam S. Minsky, Forbes, 6 May 2021 Activity on ticket-purchasing apps is ticking up again as authorities increase the allowable capacity of venues for sports, music and other forms of entertainment. Wsj Noted., WSJ, 30 Apr. 2021

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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 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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