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

Definition of permissible

: that may be permitted : allowable

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Other Words from permissible

permissibility \ pər-​ˌmi-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce permissibility (audio) \ noun
permissibleness \ pər-​ˈmi-​sə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce permissibleness (audio) \ noun
permissibly \ pər-​ˈmi-​sə-​blē How to pronounce permissibly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of permissible in a Sentence

deployment overseas would be regarded as a permissible reason for late filing by members of the military

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If reformulating your product to be more addictive or less healthy increases sales, then it’s not only permissible but actually required to do so. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Top House Democrats join Elizabeth Warren’s push to fundamentally change American capitalism," 14 Dec. 2018 Other permissible uses would have included scientific research, education and cultural exchanges. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "China Suspends Its Relaxation of Wildlife-Trade Ban," 12 Nov. 2018 Some conservative Catholics are likely to object that capital punishment remains at least theoretically permissible under traditional teaching. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Pope Prohibits Death Penalty and Calls for Its Abolition," 2 Aug. 2018 While the appeals court upheld the limits as constitutionally permissible under the Second Amendment, Judge Kavanaugh dissented. Charlie Savage, New York Times, "Brett Kavanaugh on the Issues: Abortion, Guns, Climate and More," 10 July 2018 While schools that censor student newspapers or ban certain clubs do violate free speech, these violations are permissible under the overarching principle of religious freedom. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "The Invisible Free Speech Crisis," 10 Apr. 2018 In 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said giving incentives of up to 30% off the cost of a worker’s health-insurance coverage was permissible. Te-ping Chen, WSJ, "Your Company Wants to Know if You’ve Lost Weight," 11 Feb. 2019 The Court effectively determined that South Dakota’s tax framework (i.e., 200 or more transactions per year or $100,000 in sales per year) was constitutionally permissible. Tom Cooney And Crystal Faulkner,, "Online purchases may become more expensive," 28 June 2018 Simultaneous disclosure is permissible under the rules, and everybody would benefit if both reports are issued at the same time. Alan M. Dershowitz, WSJ, "Don’t Let Mueller’s Report Go Unanswered," 2 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of permissible

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for permissible

Middle English, from Medieval Latin permissibilis, from Latin permissus, past participle of permittere

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English Language Learners Definition of permissible

formal : allowed or permitted by laws or rules

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