allowable

[uh-lou-uh-buh l]

adjective

that may be allowed; legitimate; permissible: an allowable tax deduction.

noun

something, as an action or amount, that is allowed.
Ecology. allowable cut.

Nearby words

  1. allottee,
  2. allotype,
  3. allover,
  4. allow,
  5. allow for,
  6. allowable cut,
  7. allowance,
  8. allowance race,
  9. alloway,
  10. allowed

Origin of allowable

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Middle French word alouable. See allow, -able

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for allowables

allowable

adjective

permissible; admissible
Derived Formsallowably, adverb

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Word Origin and History for allowables

allowable

adj.

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

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