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 allowably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of allowable in a Sentence

international travel without a passport isn't allowable
Recent Examples on the Web The program contributed data that informed state officials’ decision to reduce the state's allowable arsenic level in public drinking water last year. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Bottled water group says Consumer Reports 'unnecessarily scaring' consumers with arsenic study," 27 June 2020 The move will allow seated service at bars and restaurants, the opening of hair and nail salons, barbershops, other personal services and gyms and increase allowable gathering sizes to 25. oregonlive, "Despite rising virus caseloads, wide racial disparities, Multnomah County has low hospitalizations and healthcare capacity that justify reopening, officials say," 19 June 2020 Two states, New Hampshire and New Jersey have set a lower level of allowable arsenic in tap water of 5 ppb. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Consumer Reports tests find potentially harmful arsenic levels in Whole Foods bottled water," 25 June 2020 President Donald Trump has pushed for law enforcement agencies to lift standards for the allowable use of deadly force. Jorge Ortiz And Will Peebles, USA TODAY, "Rayshard Brooks died after a police officer shot him. What happens now?," 17 June 2020 Educational travel is one of only three approved and allowable uses for these particular funds. oregonlive, "Amid resignation calls, Douglas County commissioners fight back, issuing inaccurate defense of spending," 23 Jan. 2020 Also allowable: care for disabled spouses and older family members. Ron Lieber, New York Times, "There’s Money Stuck in Your Dependent Care Account. Now What?," 9 May 2020 The extension will be enforced to the extent allowable by any statewide orders, officials said. Elizabeth Depompei, Indianapolis Star, "Where Indiana stands with Trump's Guidelines for Opening Up America Again from coronavirus," 1 May 2020 At the beginning of 2018, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council cut Gulf of Alaska Pacific cod total allowable catch limits by 80 percent in response to declining biomass. Elizabeth Earl, Anchorage Daily News, "US Commerce Department allocates $35 million for Alaska fisheries disasters," 28 Feb. 2020

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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 7 Aug. 2020.

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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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