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 Ottawa’s Brady Tkachuk was fined $2,486.56, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for his cross-check on Scott Laughton in the waning minutes of a loss to Philadelphia this past week., "“Everything went to lighter material, lighter material, lighter material,” he said. “The sticks are [expletive], in my opinion. They break all the time.” He would find a sympathetic ear in Ottawa, where this past week young," 15 Dec. 2019 Increased the allowable size of retail stores in the industrial park to 10,000 square feet. Mary Grace Keller,, "Carroll County nears milestone in comprehensive rezoning; commissioners intend to adopt changes Dec. 12," 2 Dec. 2019 If output grows as planned, plastic would use up between 10 and 13 percent of the carbon emissions allowable if warming is to stay below 1.5 degrees Celsius, the center reported. Beth Gardiner, Wired, "A Surge of New Plastic Is About to Hit the Planet," 20 Jan. 2020 Houston lacks zoning laws, meaning businesses can locate almost anywhere, and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has said its purview is limited to environmental impacts, such as allowable emissions. Erin Douglas, Houston Chronicle, "Plans for concrete batch plant near NW Houston neighborhood concern officials, residents," 7 Jan. 2020 Zen-Noh argued that the allowable emissions could harm their product and sicken their workers. Gordon Russell, ProPublica, "In “Cancer Alley,” Toxic Polluters Face Little Oversight From Environmental Regulators," 19 Dec. 2019 Clark saw action in two games in 2019, two fewer than the NCAA allowable maximum to redshirt. Eric Hansen, Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame football: Brendon Clark is suddenly on the radar of Irish fans," 8 Jan. 2020 Meanwhile, Garrett's legislation, introduced Thursday, takes aim at fees and wait times for records allowable under FOIA. Joe Guillen, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan FOIA proposal would eliminate fees, reduce wait times for public records," 20 Dec. 2019 Lombard was sentenced to the maximum allowable jail term, one year, with eight months suspended, CBS reports. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "Seven French executives have been sentenced to prison over employee suicides," 20 Dec. 2019

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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 18 Feb. 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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