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 \ -​blē How to pronounce allowably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of allowable in a Sentence

international travel without a passport isn't allowable

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And then on April 27, at the region championships in Webster, Texas, Boling ran 100 meters in 9.98 seconds, though with a tailwind of 4.2 meters per second (just under 10 mph), more than twice the allowable limit for record purposes. Tim Layden,, "Is High School Sprint Phenom and Viral Star Matthew Boling the Future of Track?," 19 June 2019 Both Loveland Legacy Foundation and Ramsey-Paxton Cemetery Associations are 501-3C organizations so your contributions may be tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. Rob Geiger/share,, "Loveland Legacy Foundation partners with Ramsey-Paxton Cemetery to get last of funding," 4 June 2019 Mayor Cyril Kleem assured Maxwell police officers would use it simply to ascertain compliance with state safety laws regarding the allowable maximum number of tenants. Beth Mlady,, "Berea City Council considers changes to landlord compliance ordinance," 29 Jan. 2018 The panel handed down the most severe punishment allowable by statute: 60 years for each count of murder. Nicholas Rondinone,, "East Haven mother LeRoya Moore sentenced to 120 years in prison for drugging, drowning her two small children," 27 June 2019 Rawson quibbled with testimony from other forensic dentistry experts about the state of the field in 1985, and what was allowable by the profession's guidelines; there were yet no standards in the nascent area of bite mark evidence. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Prosecutor felt suspect was innocent, but dentists convinced him bite marks proved otherwise. They were wrong.," 26 June 2019 Vista proposes increasing the maximum allowable size of accessory dwelling units to 50 percent of the primary residence, capped at 1,200 square feet. Garages and other types of non-living space are not counted in square footage limits. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Vista council to consider fixing cannabis delivery catch 22," 25 June 2019 The group has unsuccessfully lobbied the city to let food trucks park in commercial areas, or to assign allowable places for food trucks to park. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "New York City sting targets scofflaw ice cream vendors," 6 June 2019 For more details on contribution limits, see IRS Publication 590-A. Taxpayers can also deduct allowable contributions to Health Savings Accounts made by April 17, but only if the account was set up by the end of 2017. Laura Saunders, WSJ, "Last-Minute Tips as Tax Day Approaches," 30 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 How to pronounce allowable (audio) \

Kids Definition of allowable

: not forbidden Baggage may not exceed the allowable weight.

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