Definition of permissible in English:



  • Permitted; allowed.

    ‘it is permissible to edit and rephrase the statement’
    • ‘It is, however, permissible for a parent to transfer legal ownership of funds to a child by way of a gift.’
    • ‘It is therefore perfectly permissible for the owner of a copyright to do nothing with it.’
    • ‘It sets up a system of permissible interceptions with warrants or authorisations.’
    • ‘Which institutional and personal differentiations would properly be permissible and which would not be?’
    • ‘Their opinions over what was permissible were often highly subjective.’
    • ‘Thus the maximum permissible period of stay on entry was increased from three to six months.’
    • ‘They do not use electricity, but power from gas or hydraulic generators is permissible.’
    • ‘When we say that such operations are permissible, it is because they are the only means.’
    • ‘This ensures that the bacterial content of food remains within permissible limits.’
    • ‘But it's no longer permissible to sit on the sidelines making snide comments.’
    • ‘I find it outrageous that they think it is permissible to canvass for votes in such a way.’
    • ‘They see themselves as emissaries of a national movement for whom everything is permissible.’
    • ‘No unfair advantages in a duel were permissible if a knight was to retain his honor.’
    • ‘It will just be a matter of the device beeping when the degree of flexion exceeds permissible limits.’
    • ‘Detention without charge beyond the normal 24 hours is permissible in certain situations.’
    • ‘He said this is not permissible under the law and the rules could not have overriding effect.’
    • ‘In general, all the evaluated parameters are below the permissible limits established by the norm.’
    • ‘Judges become the arbiters of what speech is permissible, and what is not.’
    • ‘This defines permissible speech according to what somebody thinks the public should know about.’
    • ‘He referred to a number of scenarios which would not be permissible under Irish law at present.’
    permitted, allowable, allowed, acceptable, legal, lawful, legitimate, admissible, licit, authorized, sanctioned, within accepted bounds, tolerated, tolerable, proper, all right, in order
    excusable, pardonable, venial
    legit, ok
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Late Middle English: from medieval Latin permissibilis, from permiss- allowed, from the verb permittere (see permit).