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
Recent Examples on the Web Bedbugs, Yoga Mats and a Shrug In California, this kind of isolation is entirely permissible. Jason Pohl, ProPublica, "A Jail Increased Extreme Isolation to Stop Suicides. More People Killed Themselves.," 5 Nov. 2019 But technologies that are useful and morally permissible in that context may be harmful and unethical at the ordinary, human level. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "What the Superhuman Controversy Reveals About the Shifting Ethics of Software," 17 July 2019 Paula Amato, a fertility doctor at Oregon Health & Science University, and an ethicist, says the general view in the field is that genetic testing to prevent disease is ethically permissible. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, "Is It Ethical to Choose Your Baby’s Eye Color?," 2 Oct. 2018 By 11am, the real-time AQI at monitoring stations across the city was 999—16 times the permissible level. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Brace yourself Delhi, it may only be the beginning of the toxic air season," 4 Nov. 2019 Entries may only be submitted by a single registered Twitter user, or a single registered Instagram user; group submissions are not permissible. CNN, "TUMS Ultimate Tailgate Sweepstakes Rules," 19 Aug. 2019 These permissible thresholds for penalty fees, which are the amounts banks can charge while complying with the law, are adjusted each year according to a consumer price index. Nerdwallet, oregonlive, "Credit card late fees likely to hit $40 in 2020," 27 Dec. 2019 But that was not the only purpose for encouraging them — which is a salient distinction since all presidents hope their permissible public actions will help their personal political standing. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Schiff’s Partisan Report Will Not Attract New Impeachment Supporters," 4 Dec. 2019 But having an opinion and sharing that opinion publicly or privately with another person is squarely within the permissible bounds of the Hatch Act. Allyson Chiu,, "‘I’m done being quiet’: Ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page ends silence, slams Trump’s ‘sickening’ attacks," 2 Dec. 2019

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

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12 Feb 2020

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“Permissible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of permissible

formal : allowed or permitted by laws or rules

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