permissive

[per-mis-iv]
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.
4.
Genetics. (of a cell) permitting replication of a strand of DNA that could be lethal, as a viral segment or mutant gene.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English; see permission, -ive; compare French permissif

permissively, adverb
permissiveness, noun
nonpermissive, adjective
nonpermissively, adverb
nonpermissiveness, noun
unpermissive, adjective


1. indulgent, lenient, lax.
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permissive (pəˈmɪsɪv)
 
adj
1.  tolerant; lenient: permissive parents
2.  indulgent in matters of sex: a permissive society
3.  granting permission
4.  archaic not obligatory
 
per'missively
 
adv
 
per'missiveness
 
n

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permissive
c.1600, "allowing to pass through," from O.Fr. permissif, from L. permissus (see permission). In sense of "tolerant, liberal" it is first recorded 1956; by 1966 it had definite overtones of sexual freedom.
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