per·​mis·​si·​ble | \pər-ˈmi-sə-bəl \

Definition of permissible 

: that may be permitted : allowable

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Other Words from permissible

permissibility \pər-​ˌmi-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
permissibleness \pər-​ˈmi-​sə-​bəl-​nəs \ noun
permissibly \pər-​ˈmi-​sə-​blē \ 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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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 With spatial frequency reuse, coloring allows a device to decide whether simultaneous transmission is permissible. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Downloading the newest Wi-Fi protocols: 802.11ax and 802.11ay explained," 27 Nov. 2018 The final decision on whether Mr. Whitaker’s appointment is permissible will likely rest with the Supreme Court and its view of the president’s appointment powers. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, "Matthew Whitaker Can Legally Serve as Acting Attorney General, Justice Department Says," 14 Nov. 2018 Right-leaning Chief Justice John Roberts and left-leaning Justice Elena Kagan seem to agree that sending the lawsuit papers to the embassy was permissible. Alex Ward, Vox, "Trump’s Justice Department is fighting US terrorist attack victims in the Supreme Court," 8 Nov. 2018 But others follow a different approach permissible under the disclosure rules. Harold Brubaker,, "Quirks in the reporting of executive pay at health insurers," 6 July 2018 After a decade and a half of ruminating on how to separate permissible from impermissible consideration of party in redistricting, Justice Kennedy has decided he — or his successor — needs still more time for rumination. Adam Liptak, New York Times, "Supreme Court Avoids an Answer on Partisan Gerrymandering," 18 June 2018 But if the justices don't reach a final conclusion on whether blatant partisanship is permissible or unconstitutional, North Carolina's congressional map looms as the next test. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Divided over partisan election maps, Supreme Court could learn a lesson from divided college campus," 14 June 2018 Brendan Fischer, director of federal reform for the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center in Washington, said One Nation stretches the limits of permissible political activity for a non-profit. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "McSally, Schweikert get support from group with ties to McConnell, Rove," 14 June 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

: allowed or permitted by laws or rules

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