al·low·able | \ə-ˈlau̇-ə-bəl \

Definition of allowable 

: permissible allowable income tax deductions

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allowably \-blē \ adverb

Examples of allowable in a Sentence

international travel without a passport isn't allowable

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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 The issues range from allowable limits for pollutants and management of stormwater to an examination of whether the DNR has adequate state authority to carry out its work. Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "EPA regional chief Cathy Stepp will not be involved in two Wisconsin cases with ties to DNR," 1 Feb. 2018 The company’s Peaceful Planet Toddler Supreme, a rice protein powder, contained lead levels more than 13 times the allowable amount, Becerra said. Ethan Millman,, "State accuses Newport Beach manufacturer of selling toddler formula with illegal levels of lead," 8 June 2018 In January, Hogan also reported more than 100 donations from individuals and businesses who gave the maximum amount allowable by law — $6,000 — including many business executives from across the state. Luke Broadwater,, "Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to report raising $1.2M in a month, with more than $9M in the bank," 22 May 2018 My deductions totaled $5,477,694, of which allowable charitable contributions were $3,469,179. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Warren Buffett Just Released His Tax Information," 10 Oct. 2016 Big Bend, Mukwonago The villages of Big Bend (68.9 percent) and Mukwonago (68.7 percent) are third and fourth, respectively, in terms of percentage of allowable debt. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Seeing red: Which Milwaukee suburbs are closest to their debt limits?," 11 July 2018 Elizabeth Hill, an Education Department spokeswoman, said metal detectors and extra police would be generally allowable costs under the program. Washington Post, "Money to ‘harden’ schools draws backlash after shootings," 13 June 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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