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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Firearms are typically considered allowable in places that don't display the sign, though store managers and property owners can ask the gun carrier to leave. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Arizona's open-carry gun law poses challenges for police, businesses," 7 Aug. 2019 The group’s public notice says the money could be used for all allowable purposes, including public safety, recreation services and homeless services. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lemon Grove residents working on sales tax measure for city," 7 Aug. 2019 Put your luggage on a diet: Instead of trying to fill the maximum allowable space, consider a smaller bag like Hook & Albert’s Garment Weekender Bag ($395). Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "The newest carry-on bags do more with less room: How to get all your gear in a smaller bag," 2 Aug. 2019 Abele personally donated the maximum allowable contribution of $794, as did the campaign of Ald. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "District 13 primary for alderman coming Tuesday amidst controversy over outside spending," 15 July 2019 Herro received the maximum allowable 20-percent increase over the NBA rookie scale. Ira Winderman,, "Heat sign Herro before summer loss; What can he offer Heat? ‘Whatever we need’," 11 July 2019 Cities have flexibility on how to set allowable increases. Andrew Khouri,, "Rents on controlled apartments in Los Angeles can now rise 4%. Blame inflation," 3 July 2019 However, the yearly allowable increases of 5 percent are only advisory. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Could homeowners stay if mortgages rose as rents do?," 26 June 2019 Because most of the allowable local tax is often imposed on the county level, individual cities can end up with very little room to impose their own levies. Los Angeles Times, "A community planned to boost child care. Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed the bill to do it," 19 July 2019

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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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