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[uh-lou-uh-buh l] /əˈlaʊ ə bəl/
that may be allowed; legitimate; permissible:
an allowable tax deduction.
something, as an action or amount, that is allowed.
Ecology, allowable cut.
Origin of allowable
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French alouable. See allow, -able
Related forms
allowableness, noun
allowably, adverb
preallowable, adjective
preallowably, adverb
unallowable, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for allowable
  • It defines the smallest allowable amount of quanta in the quantum universe.
  • All do basically the same thing-they give individuals limited shares of an overall allowable catch.
  • Commit a sin thrice and you will think it allowable.
  • It is logically quite unnecessary, but rhetorically quite allowable, to use commas as well as conjunctions.
  • Notice that there are different ways of doing the same thing, all of which are allowable.
  • To use this sharp raillery against opponents and antagonists in judicial pleading seems allowable rhetoric.
  • No one can be the arbiter of what is allowable within the marketplace of ideas.
  • That's perfectly allowable, and science is applicable.
  • The list of allowable reasons should be a short one, limited to facts that are readily proven and clearly applicable to the case.
  • The test paper has turned an ominous shade of ochre, suggesting arsenic up to four times the allowable limit.
British Dictionary definitions for allowable


permissible; admissible
Derived Forms
allowably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for allowable

late 14c., from Old French allouable, from allouer (see allow).

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