Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

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.

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  • “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.

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  • “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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

    Postwar Toronto

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

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

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

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  • "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."

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