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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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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 permissiveness
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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