al·​low·​able | \ə-ˈlau̇-ə-bəl \

Definition of allowable 

: permissible allowable income tax deductions

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Other Words from allowable

allowably \-​blē \ adverb

Examples of allowable in a Sentence

international travel without a passport isn't allowable

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The scrimmages conclude a period of practices allowable under Florida High School Athletic Association rules. J.c. Carnahan,, "Top 10 spring football games this month include Boone at Olympia," 10 May 2018 At 25 percent carbamide peroxide, this CVS brand whitening kit hits near the top of the allowable range. Emma Sarran Webster, Allure, "6 of the Best Teeth-Whitening Kits in the Drugstore," 13 Sep. 2018 The debate over testing isn’t just about lab procedures or allowable levels of pesticides. Michael R. Blood, The Seattle Times, "Many California marijuana products failing safety tests," 10 Sep. 2018 The monitoring period has not ended, but one sample provided found 250 parts per billion. That’s 177 percent higher than the allowable federal lead level. Georeen Tanner, Fox News, "Lead may be making Newark’s water poisonous," 17 Aug. 2018 The town of Waukesha is close, with a debt of $16,540 and a percentage of actual debt versus allowable debt at just 0.03 percent. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Seeing red: Which Milwaukee suburbs are closest to their debt limits?," 11 July 2018 With the Rent Board’s permission, in what city officials and tenants’-rights groups call an unfair loophole, landlords may permanently increase rents by up to 7 percent on top of the annual allowable increases. Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF supes move closer to nixing rent hikes that pay for landlords’ loans, taxes," 18 May 2018 The defeat devices allowed vehicles to pass government emissions tests and then pollute far above allowable limits on the roadway. Mike Spector, WSJ, "Fiat Chrysler Employees Knew of Emissions Cheating, Documents in Shareholder Suit Claim," 14 May 2018 Also, federal officials have not set the 2018 allowable catch limit for the recreational red snapper fishery; that decision also is expected sometime in April. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "State seeks longer red-snapper season in federal proposal," 17 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of allowable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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al·​low·​able | \ə-ˈlau̇-ə-bəl \

Kids Definition of allowable

: not forbidden Baggage may not exceed the allowable weight.

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