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  1. that can be permitted; allowable: a permissible amount of sentimentality under the circumstances; Such behavior is not permissible!
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Origin of permissible

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Medieval Latin word permissibilis. See permission, -ible
Related formsper·mis·si·bil·i·ty, per·mis·si·ble·ness, nounper·mis·si·bly, adverbnon·per·mis·si·bil·i·ty, nounnon·per·mis·si·ble, adjectivenon·per·mis·si·bly, adverbun·per·mis·si·ble, adjectiveun·per·mis·si·bly, adverb

Synonyms for permissible

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allowed, sanctioned, lawful, legal, tolerated.
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Related Words for permissibility

validity, justice, authority, right, lawfulness, permissibility, legitimacy, constitutionality

Examples from the Web for permissibility

Historical Examples of permissibility

  • The physician is frequently consulted as to the permissibility or danger of marriages between near relations.


    William J. Robinson

  • But if this is to be legal, the whole principle of the permissibility of counter practice is granted.

    Science and Education

    Thomas H. Huxley

  • This is obviously not the place to discourse at length on the permissibility of suicide.

British Dictionary definitions for permissibility


  1. permitted; allowable
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Derived Formspermissibility, nounpermissibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for permissibility



early 15c., from Old French permissible (15c.) and directly from Medieval Latin permissibilis, from permiss-, past participle stem of Latin permittere (see permit (v.)).

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