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

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

allowed, sanctioned, lawful, legal, tolerated. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for permissibly

Historical Examples of permissibly

  • Permissibly we may suppose that his wife succeeded in gleaning from him few details of the fair.

    Dead Souls

    Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol

  • Hard it was too to subdue himself—to be always courteous, never more than permissibly ironical, to wait for his victory.

    Double Harness

    Anthony Hope

  • He was tormented by a question he had been threshing out for days: Might he permissibly have sent her a Christmas present?

    The Trail of the Hawk

    Sinclair Lewis

British Dictionary definitions for permissibly



permitted; allowable
Derived Formspermissibility, nounpermissibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for permissibly



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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