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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
First recorded in 1400-50; late Middle English word from Medieval Latin word 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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  • No permissible margin of error, said the twenty-first century.

    West Of The Sun Edgar Pangborn
  • But, it is permissible to infer that the pronouncement went deeper than that.

    The Wonder J. D. Beresford
  • Of the six divisions referred to, the Udayas and Toreyas are endogamous, but intermarriage is permissible between the other four.

  • Every hope was permissible when he looked at his Lily, 93 his joy, his handiwork!

    The Bill-Toppers Andre Castaigne
  • Mr. Jenner, would it be permissible to read this letter into the record?

    Warren Commission (5 of 26): Hearings Vol. V (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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