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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 unpermissible
Historical Examples
  • But this one ran near the confines of the unpermissible—overpast them.

    It Never Can Happen Again

    William De Morgan
  • For this was unpermissible, foolish, dangerous, and he meant to stop it in the bud.

    The Wendigo Algernon Blackwood
  • To make use of feminine conceit in the court-room is not an art but an unpermissible trick which might lead too far.

    Criminal Psychology Hans Gross
  • He drew his breath in deeply, smothering back the torrent of rising words he knew were unpermissible.

    Day and Night Stories Algernon Blackwood
  • Prescriptions—often very detailed and intimate—of permissible and unpermissible conduct.

    The Salvaging Of Civilisation H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
  • It is not, therefore, unpermissible to conceive a gradual increase in the faculty of memory by natural selection.

  • In the innocence of his heart this abb regarded the rebellion of Luther less as an unpermissible than as an inexplicable act.

British Dictionary definitions for unpermissible


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



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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