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[per-mis-uh-buh l] /pərˈmɪs ə bəl/
that can be permitted; allowable:
a permissible amount of sentimentality under the circumstances; Such behavior is not permissible!
Origin of permissible
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin permissibilis. See permission, -ible
Related forms
permissibility, permissibleness, noun
permissibly, adverb
nonpermissibility, noun
nonpermissible, adjective
nonpermissibly, adverb
unpermissible, adjective
unpermissibly, adverb
allowed, sanctioned, lawful, legal, tolerated. Unabridged
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  • Review your rental agreement and ask your property manager about permissible improvements.
  • It is permissible for editors to be biased but don't make it too obvious.
  • Too much, probably, if our cars' maximum permissible load ratings are any indication.
  • The question is whether these managers crossed the line from permissible spin to willful misrepresentation.
  • These are permissible in carry-on luggage with the blade and replacement cartridges.
  • In this hypothetical case, about ninety percent of people agree that it is morally permissible to turn the trolley.
  • The ceremony of beatification held there eleven years aga made her veneration permissible.
  • There is a ready forum in the arts for the debates that rage in the press over about what is and is not permissible.
  • Prices in the gold and silver markets soared to record levels again yesterday, advancing by their daily permissible limits.
  • In those days each and every horrendous act was permissible.
British Dictionary definitions for permissible


permitted; allowable
Derived Forms
permissibility, noun
permissibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for permissible

early 15c., from Old French permissible (15c.) and directly from Medieval Latin permissibilis, from permiss-, past participle stem of Latin permittere (see permit (v.)).

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