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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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Examples from the Web for permissibly
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  • 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 Anthony Hope
  • 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 Sinclair Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for permissibly


permitted; allowable
Derived Forms
permissibility, noun
permissibly, adverb
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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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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