Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Appropriate; satisfactory; acceptable.
  • adj. Intellectually admissible; valid; probable.
  • adj. Able to be added or deducted in consideration of something.
  • adj. Permissible; tolerable; legitimate.
  • adj. Praiseworthy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Praiseworthy; laudable.
  • adj. Proper to be, or capable of being, allowed; permissible; admissible; not forbidden; not unlawful or improper.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Proper to be or capable of being allowed or permitted; not forbidden; legitimate; permissible: as, a certain degree of freedom is allowable among friends.
  • Praiseworthy; laudable; worthy of sanction or approval; satisfactory; acceptable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. deductible according to the tax laws
  • adj. deserving to be allowed or considered
  • adj. that may be permitted especially as according to rule

Etymologies

Old French alouable (Modern French allouable), from allouer. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The report uses provincial government records to examine the number of grizzly bears that were killed by humans between 2004 and 2008 and compares them with the province's own limits for what it calls the allowable human-caused mortality rate.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • “He will be chastened for the maximum term allowable under law if he comes before this court again in connection with the matter in hand,” she said.

    The Unquiet

  • That is why there was to be no freeze at the beginning, either for prices or for incomes; that is why there was some flexibility in allowable wage increases, for example to protect "historical relationships"; that is why recognition is given to the importance of investments.

    Canada and the Anti-Inflation Program—One Year Later

  • But given that this is the major reason why dress is important, we can expect and predict much variation in what will be defined as allowable dress.

    Behavior in Public Places

  • Beyond a certain allowable percentage of unemployment, you cannot go without risking revolution of one sort or another.

    Postwar Toronto

  • "It is our hope that Mexico will pursue his prosecution zealously and that once convicted, Bruce Beresford-Redman will be sentenced to the maximum term allowable by Mexican law."

    msnbc.com: Top msnbc.com headlines

  • Jordan Gallagher's sentence was the minimum prison term allowable under the circumstances.

    chicagotribune.com - News

  • Ernesto Cruz Leon is to serve 30 years in prison instead, the maximum term allowable under the statute.

    StarTribune.com rss feed

  • Ernesto Cruz Leon, who has already been behind bars for more than a decade, was given the maximum term allowable under the statute, state-run website Cubadebate said, without providing further details of the ruling.

    The Seattle Times

  • In spite of the guilty plea, Bork called witnesses and presented the graphic details of Stephanie’s rape and murder in his effort to secure the longest prison term allowable.

    Obsession

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