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[per-mish-uh n] /pərˈmɪʃ ən/
authorization granted to do something; formal consent:
to ask permission to leave the room.
the act of permitting.
Origin of permission
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin permissiōn- (stem of permissiō) a yielding, giving leave, equivalent to permiss(us) (past participle of permittere to permit) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
permissioned, adjective
[per-mis-uh-ree] /pərˈmɪs ə ri/ (Show IPA),
nonpermission, noun
self-permission, noun
Can be confused
acquiescence, permission.
1. leave, sanction.
1. restraint, refusal. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for permission
  • He never received permission from the ethics board to use human subjects.
  • They grant permission to search for fossils-for now.
  • When his firm decided to go natural, he asked the garden's owners for permission to make their landscape sustainable as well.
  • Under the law, a landlord may not unreasonably withhold permission for a tenant to sublet his apartment two years out of any four.
  • The developer of the device in the winning entry says it was used without permission.
  • No good can possibly come from giving ourselves permission to break the laws of other countries.
  • Entrants must have a parent's or legal guardian's permission to enter.
  • Scientists must ask corporations for permission before publishing independent research on genetically modified crops.
  • The donors of the blastocysts gave permission for them to be used in research.
  • He asked the company for permission to take over an unused parking lot to install a full-fledged garden.
British Dictionary definitions for permission


authorization to do something
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for permission

early 15c., from Latin permissionem (nominative permissio), noun of action from past participle stem of permittere (see permit (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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permission in Technology

file system
(Or "file mode") The ability to access (read, write, execute, traverse, etc.) a file or directory. Depending on the operating system, each file may have different permissions for different kinds of access and different users or groups of users.
chmod ("change mode") is the UNIX command to change permissions.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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