(Al*low"a*ble) a. [F. allouable.]
1. Praiseworthy; laudable. [Obs.] Hacket.
2. Proper to be, or capable of being, allowed; permissible; admissible; not forbidden; not unlawful or improper; as,
a certain degree of freedom is allowable among friends.
(Al*low"a*ble*ness), n. The quality of being allowable; permissibleness; lawfulness; exemption
from prohibition or impropriety. South.
(Al*low"a*bly), adv. In an allowable manner.
(Al*low"ance) n. [OF. alouance.]
1. Approval; approbation. [Obs.] Crabbe.
2. The act of allowing, granting, conceding, or admitting; authorization; permission; sanction; tolerance.
Without the king's will or the state's allowance.
The censure of the which one must in your allowance o'erweigh a whole theater of others.
4. License; indulgence. [Obs.] Locke.
5. That which is allowed; a share or portion allotted or granted; a sum granted as a reimbursement, a
bounty, or as appropriate for any purpose; a stated quantity, as of food or drink; hence, a limited quantity
of meat and drink, when provisions fall short.
I can give the boy a handsome allowance.
6. Abatement; deduction; the taking into account of mitigating circumstances; as, to make allowance for
the inexperience of youth.
After making the largest allowance for fraud.
7. (com.) A customary deduction from the gross weight of goods, different in different countries, such
as tare and tret.
(Al*low"ance), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Allowancing ] [See Allowance, n.] To put upon a fixed
allowance (esp. of provisions and drink); to supply in a fixed and limited quantity; as, the captain was
obliged to allowance his crew; our provisions were allowanced.