im·​per·​mis·​si·​ble | \ ˌim-pər-ˈmi-sə-bəl How to pronounce impermissible (audio) \

Definition of impermissible

: not permissible

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impermissibility \ ˌim-​pər-​ˌmi-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce impermissibility (audio) \ noun
impermissibly \ ˌim-​pər-​ˈmi-​sə-​blē How to pronounce impermissibly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of impermissible in a Sentence

Such behavior is impermissible under the new guidelines. an impermissible breach of etiquette
Recent Examples on the Web But the federal district court declined to block enforcement of the statute, finding that its provisions did not create an impermissible obstacle to enforcement of federal law. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Supreme Court declines to hear legal battle over California sanctuary law," 15 June 2020 Making clear that compensation for athletics performance or participation is impermissible. Reaffirming that student-athletes are students first and not employees of the university. Enhancing principles of diversity, inclusion and gender equity. Adam Baum,, "NCAA inches closer to student-athlete compensation for third-party endorsements," 29 Apr. 2020 There was no plan those Optimistic in wanting The usual impermissible things Could attach to. Harper's Magazine, "That Passed, This May Too," 29 Feb. 2020 Failing to make absentee voting in these circumstances available to all is an impermissible burden on the constitutional right to vote—just as providing only a single polling place for a large district would be. David Cole, The New York Review of Books, "Why We Need Postal Democracy," 30 Apr. 2020 Even though the 6-5, 264-pound junior served a two-game suspension for violating NCAA rules on accepting impermissible benefits, his 16 1/2 sacks led the Football Bowl Subdivision. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "NFL draft 2020: Washington Redskins select Ohio State DE Chase Young to ramp up pass rush," 24 Apr. 2020 The Sox remain under investigation by MLB for impermissible sign-stealing during their World Series-winning season. Globe Staff,, "Is Rob Manfred more likely to punish the Red Sox simply to save face?," 20 Feb. 2020 If fines are impermissible in this circumstance, jail or probation will be the only alternatives. Barry Latzer, National Review, "Democrats Prefer ‘Reforming’ the Criminal-Justice System to Punishing Criminals," 17 Feb. 2020 Yale’s habit of self-repudiation targets much more than impermissible attitudes toward slavery. Roger Kimball, WSJ, "Civilization Is History at Yale," 29 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of impermissible

1829, in the meaning defined above

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“Impermissible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of impermissible

formal : not allowed or permitted : not permissible


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Legal Definition of impermissible

: not permissible

Other Words from impermissible

impermissibly adverb

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