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permissive

[per-mis-iv] /pərˈmɪs ɪv/
adjective
1.
habitually or characteristically accepting or tolerant of something, as social behavior or linguistic usage, that others might disapprove or forbid.
2.
granting or denoting permission:
a permissive nod.
3.
4.
Genetics. (of a cell) permitting replication of a strand of DNA that could be lethal, as a viral segment or mutant gene.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English; see permission, -ive; compare French permissif
Related forms
permissively, adverb
permissiveness, noun
nonpermissive, adjective
nonpermissively, adverb
nonpermissiveness, noun
unpermissive, adjective
Synonyms
1. indulgent, lenient, lax.
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British Dictionary definitions for per missive

permissive

/pəˈmɪsɪv/
adjective
1.
tolerant; lenient: permissive parents
2.
indulgent in matters of sex: a permissive society
3.
granting permission
4.
(archaic) not obligatory
Derived Forms
permissively, adverb
permissiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for per missive

permissive

adj.

c.1600, "allowing to pass through," from Old French permissif, from Latin permiss-, past participle stem of permittere "to let go, let pass, let loose" (see permit (v.)). In sense of "tolerant, liberal" it is first recorded 1956; by 1966 it had definite overtones of sexual freedom. Earlier it meant "permitted, allowed" (early 15c.). Related: Permissively; permissiveness.

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