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allowable

[uh-lou-uh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. that may be allowed; legitimate; permissible: an allowable tax deduction.
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noun
  1. something, as an action or amount, that is allowed.
  2. Ecology. allowable cut.
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Origin of allowable

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Middle French word alouable. See allow, -able
Related formsal·low·a·ble·ness, nounal·low·a·bly, adverbpre·al·low·a·ble, adjectivepre·al·low·a·bly, adverbun·al·low·a·ble, adjective
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properadmissibleacceptablelegallegitimate

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allowable

adjective
  1. permissible; admissible
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Derived Formsallowably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for allowable

adj.

late 14c., from Old French allouable, from allouer (see allow).

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