permissible

adjective

per·​mis·​si·​ble pər-ˈmi-sə-bəl How to pronounce permissible (audio)
: that may be permitted : allowable
permissibility noun
permissibleness noun
permissibly 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 Under the Antarctic Treaty, which governs activities on the continent, China’s expansion is entirely permissible. Elizabeth Buchanan, Foreign Affairs, 18 Mar. 2024 The justices are reviewing a lower-court ruling that sharply limited such interactions, and must clarify when government attempts to combat misinformation cross the line from permissible persuasion to unconstitutional coercion. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2024 The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University said the Supreme Court needs to clarify the line between permissible persuasion and impermissible coercion – and must emphasize that applying that standard should include a full examination of the facts and context. USA TODAY, 17 Mar. 2024 No laws on what weaponry is permissible, how uses of force must be reported, when the police must use de-escalation techniques to avoid using force. Frederick Kaufman, Harper's Magazine, 26 Feb. 2024 To rebid a five-card suit is permissible but not desirable. Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, 24 Feb. 2024 In the European Union, the permissible level of carbon dioxide emissions will drop next year with Volkswagen still some way off, according to an analysis by market researcher Jato. Elisabeth Behrmann, Fortune, 21 Feb. 2024 Generally speaking, their permissible constructions prefer more regulation to less. Clive Crook, Twin Cities, 10 Feb. 2024 The total number of permissible contacts with the recruit was reduced by one. USA TODAY, 26 Jan. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of permissible was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Permissible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/permissible. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

permissible

adjective
per·​mis·​si·​ble pər-ˈmis-ə-bəl How to pronounce permissible (audio)
: that may be permitted : allowable
permissibility noun
permissibleness noun
permissibly adverb

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