12/05/16 Is ALLOW the same as PERMIT?

e-legal lesson

In legal English these words have an important connotative difference. Allow suggests merely the absence of opposition, or refraining from an absolute proscription. Permit, in contrast, suggests affirmative sanction or approval.

In British texts, allow, when used in reference to appeals, means “to sustain (for the appellant).” E.g., “For these reasons I think the judgment of the court below was wrong and that this appeal should be allowed.”