"When I first stepped into Elaine's, in 1964, it was simply one large, permissive room," Jack Richardson says.
“It is permissive,” the former student adviser told The Daily Beast.
I always felt safe,” said one former Columbia student who dabbled in selling, calling the campus a “permissive environment.
Just as important, however, is a permissive external environment.
Edward and Alexandra were the most permissive royal parents.
But as these laws were permissive and not prohibitory, the evil was not restrained.
Therefore the poet is not any permissive potentate, but is emperor in his own right.
But it is practicable to class even this indirect furthering of industry by the undertaker as a permissive guidance only.
She smiled at last, with permissive recognition, and Gates came forward.
There is precisely the case wherein the will of a wise mind is only permissive.
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.