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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In a state that legalized recreational marijuana use, Coughlin lost her job for doing something perfectly permissible, on her own time. Nestor Ramos,, "Methuen woman fired for off-duty marijuana use files arbitration claim," 28 June 2018 Are work requirements permissible in states that didn’t expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act? Washington Post, "The Health 202: Here are three big ways the Trump administration could put its mark on Medicaid," 16 May 2018 The story of the internet has always been the same story: disaffected young men thinking their boorish and cruel behavior was justified or permissible. Film Crit Hulk, The Verge, "Don’t feed the trolls, and other hideous lies," 12 July 2018 Whoever the next nominee is, considering race in university admissions—which Mr Kennedy deemed narrowly permissible in 2016—will probably be deemed unconstitutional. The Economist, "A court with a solid conservative majority could reshape American life," 5 July 2018 On Sunday, the country’s senior clerics said women driving was religiously permissible and in the interests of the country. Aya Batrawy,, "Saudi women take driver’s seat as longstanding ban is lifted," 24 June 2018 The balance regarding what is viewed as trivial and significant, unpersuasive and persuasive, and permissible and impermissible has shifted radically. Paula Marantz Cohen, WSJ, "It’s the Era of Feelings, and Not Necessarily Good Ones," 4 May 2018 Recounts are time consuming, expensive but fully permissible. The Aegis, "Hard look needed at election problems in Maryland [Editorial]," 12 July 2018 Winners may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release, and where legally permissible, a Publicity Release at the time of prize verification. Houston Chronicle, "Official Rules: Daily Playbook Newsletter TXSN Ticket Giveaway," 11 May 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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