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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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 For coolers, a tear of 1/4 inch or less is allowable. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "This Cooler Is "Certified Bear Resistant." What Does That Really Mean?," 21 Dec. 2018 As the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are working royals, the cost of renovating their home is an allowable, if potentially large, expense. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Frogmore Cottage Renovations Sound Expensive," 27 Nov. 2018 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

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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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