- that can be permitted; allowable: a permissible amount of sentimentality under the circumstances; Such behavior is not permissible!
Origin of permissible
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allowed, sanctioned, lawful, legal, tolerated.
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Examples from the Web for permissibly
Permissibly we may suppose that his wife succeeded in gleaning from him few details of the fair.Dead Souls
Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
Hard it was too to subdue himself—to be always courteous, never more than permissibly ironical, to wait for his victory.Double Harness
He was tormented by a question he had been threshing out for days: Might he permissibly have sent her a Christmas present?The Trail of the Hawk
- permitted; allowable
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Word Origin and History for permissibly
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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