im·​per·​mis·​si·​ble | \ˌim-pər-ˈmi-sə-bəl \

Definition of impermissible 

: not permissible

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Other Words from impermissible

impermissibility \ ˌim-​pər-​ˌmi-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
impermissibly \ ˌim-​pər-​ˈmi-​sə-​blē \ adverb

Examples of impermissible in a Sentence

Such behavior is impermissible under the new guidelines. an impermissible breach of etiquette

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This supposed payment would have violated NCAA amateurism rules and been construed by NCAA enforcement officers as an impermissible inducement to a recruit’s parent. Michael Mccann,, "Breaking Down Kevin Ollie's Case Against UConn and the University's Likely Defenses," 29 June 2018 The rhetoric Justice Anthony Kennedy condemned—and cited as examples of constitutionally impermissible animus—is often heard from antagonists who attempt to ruin religious believers. Ryan T. Anderson, WSJ, "Discrimination Law Isn’t Supposed to ‘Punish the Wicked’," 6 June 2018 That district, which is held by Democratic state Rep. Ramon Romero, was deemed an impermissible racial gerrymander because lawmakers illegally used race as the predominant factor in deciding its boundaries. Alexa Ura, star-telegram, "Texas elections unchanged despite racial gerrymander ruling for Fort Worth House district," 3 July 2018 Monday's ruling upheld the challenges in only one instance, declaring House District 90, in the Fort Worth area, to be an impermissible racial gerrymander. NBC News, "Texas GOP gets a win with Supreme Court ruling on alleged racial redistricting," 25 June 2018 The uncovering of Hemingway’s misogyny and the manipulations that are pinned to it is, per their logic, an impermissible act of literary evaluation. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "Hemingway’s Last Girl," 12 July 2018 The investigation showed that Griffin had impermissible phone contact with at least two recruits. Staff Report,, "Here Are All The Answers To Your Kevin Ollie-UConn Questions," 21 June 2018 Issues involving the possible enforcement of impermissible contributions or contributions over the limits are forwarded to the state prosecutor, DeMarinis said. Libby Solomon,, "Candidate's relationship with talk radio station raises questions about campaign finance," 18 June 2018 The Civil Rights Commission’s treatment of his case has some elements of a clear and impermissible hostility toward the sincere religious beliefs that motivated his objection. Adam Liptak,, "Supreme Court sides with baker who turned away gay couple," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of impermissible

1858, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of impermissible

: not allowed or permitted : not permissible


im·​per·​mis·​si·​ble | \ˌim-pər-ˈmi-sə-bəl \

Legal Definition of impermissible 

: not permissible

Other Words from impermissible

impermissibly adverb

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