al·low /ə-'lau̇/ vt: to give approval of or permission for: as
a: to grant fulfillment of
allow ed her petition for relief
b: to decide in favor of
allow a deduction on a tax return
c: to permit to be presented
allow s his claim
more jurisdictions will allow the cause of action
al·low·abil·i·ty /ə-ˌlau̇-ə-'bi-lə-tē/ adv
al·low·able /ə-'lau̇-ə-bəl/ adj

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (authorize) verb accredit, acknowledge, approve, certify, charter, commission, empower, enable, endorse, enfranchise, entitle, give, give authority, give leave, give permission, grant, grant permission, invest, legalize, legitimatize, license, permit, privilege, qualify, sanction, support, sustain, vouchsafe, warrant associated concepts: allow to bail, allowable debt, allowable loss, allowed by law, allowed claim foreign phrases:
- Est quiddam perfectius in rebus Iicitis. — There is something more perfect in things permitted
II (endure) verb abide, accede, accept, accord, acquiesce, afford, agree, approve, assent, be answerable, be indulgent of, bear, brook, carry on under, concede, consent, countenance, forbear, permit, submit to, suffer, suffer to occur, sustain, take patiently, tolerate, undergo, withstand, yield foreign phrases:
- Tout es que la loi ne defend pas est permis. — Everything which the law does not forbid is permitted.
III index accept (admit as sufficient), accept (assent), accept (recognize), agree (comply), approve, assent, authorize, bear (tolerate), bequeath, bestow, certify (approve), concede, concur (agree), condone, consent, countenance, deign, dole, empower, enable, endow, endue, enfranchise, grant (concede), indorse, let (permit), loan, pass (approve), permit, provide (supply), qualify (meet standards), rebate, receive (permit to enter), recognize (acknowledge), sanction, suffer (permit), tolerate, vouchsafe, yield (submit)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

To permit; to acquiesce; to accept as true.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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