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

Definition of permissible

: that may be permitted : allowable

Other Words from permissible

permissibility \ pər-​ˌmi-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce permissible (audio) \ noun
permissibleness \ pər-​ˈmi-​sə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce permissible (audio) \ noun
permissibly \ pər-​ˈmi-​sə-​blē How to pronounce permissible (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
Recent Examples on the Web Although that is permissible under Delaware law, where the foundation is incorporated, that governance structure gives the appearance that Cullors alone decided who to hire and how to spend donations. Aaron Morrison, ajc, 17 May 2022 That said, Biden may decide that canceling student loans broadly through an executive order may not be permissible. Zack Friedman, Forbes, 7 May 2022 The building of a city hall is permissible under the category of off-setting pandemic related losses to city departments, said National League of Cities Legislative Director Michael Wallace. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, 29 Apr. 2022 This is the case whether the police announce their presence before entering, as is preferred under the Fourth Amendment, or enter with a no-knock warrant, which is permissible under certain circumstances. Nr Editors, National Review, 28 Apr. 2022 The issue in the case is whether the coach's prayers amounted to a permissible exercise of the coach's rights to free speech and free exercise of religion, or whether the prayers were an impermissible establishment of religion by the government. Jeffrey Toobin, CNN, 25 Apr. 2022 In other messages, members of the group discuss the District of Columbia's weapons prohibitions, deliberating about the permissible length of blades, the use of cattle prods, chemical spray and flagpoles as weapons. Scott Macfarlane, CBS News, 19 Apr. 2022 Magda points out that for real progress to occur, the law needs to change so that Yucca Mountain is not the only permissible site for a permanent repository. Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2022 Obtained by The New York Times, the memo interprets the scope and limits of permissible cooperation with the court. New York Times, 11 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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25 May 2022

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“Permissible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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