- that may be allowed; legitimate; permissible: an allowable tax deduction.
- something, as an action or amount, that is allowed.
- Ecology. allowable cut.
Origin of allowable
Examples from the Web for allowable
For example, Kuwait recently put a limit the allowable amount of sodium in bread to lower blood pressure.The Secret to Tracking Ebola, MERS, and Flu? Sewers
November 29, 2014
Government officials have no allowable reasons for withholding critical data from lawmakers.George W. Bush’s Puzzling WMD Coverup
Rick Santorum, Pete Hoekstra
October 27, 2014
So the accountants had to go back, recalculate, and choose not to take nearly two million dollars in allowable deductions.Romney Cut Deductions on 2011 Taxes to Maintain Campaign Pledge
September 21, 2012
If this tape is allowable in court it may happily be just the evidence needed to land him in jail for domestic abuse.More Ugliness From Mel Gibson
July 11, 2010
Being brainy, being a wonk, is allowable when the package is lean and effortlessly hip, with serious eyes and a movie-star smile.What Obama's America Will Look Like
January 19, 2009
"Well, then, it's allowable to wrong oneself," said Florence.The Mystery of Murray Davenport
Robert Neilson Stephens
Neither is it allowable in a Churchman when armed to confess it.The Memoirs of Cardinal de Retz, Complete
Jean Francois Paul de Gondi, Cardinal de Retz
And is it allowable to honour the gods in any mode or fashion one likes?The Memorabilia
It is allowable to dislodge the enemy's spear by throwing your own over it.Boy Scouts Handbook
Boy Scouts of America
This doctrine is not merely that it is allowable to kill heretics, but that we are bound to do it.Fox's Book of Martyrs
- permissible; admissible
Word Origin and History for allowable
late 14c., from Old French allouable, from allouer (see allow).