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permissive

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adjective per·mis·sive \pər-ˈmi-siv\

Simple Definition of permissive

  • : giving people a lot of freedom or too much freedom to do what they want to do

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of permissive

  1. 1 archaic :  granted on sufferance :  tolerated

  2. 2 a :  granting or tending to grant permission :  tolerant b :  deficient in firmness or control :  indulgent, lax

  3. 3 :  allowing discretion :  optional <reduced the permissive retirement age from 65 to 62>

permissively

adverb

permissiveness

noun

Examples of permissive in a sentence

  1. Some states have more permissive laws than others.



Origin and Etymology of permissive

Middle English permyssyf, from Middle French permissif, from Latin permissus


First Known Use: 15th century


Medical Dictionary

permissive

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adjective per·mis·sive \pər-ˈmis-iv\

Medical Definition of permissive

  1. :  supporting growth or genetic replication (as of a virus) <permissive temperatures> <permissive monkey cells>




Law Dictionary

permissive

adjective per·mis·sive

Legal Definition of permissive

  1. 1 :  based on or having permission <permissive occupancy> <a permissive user of the vehicle>

  2. 2 :  granting permission or discretion (as to the court) <a permissive statute>

  3. 3 :  not compulsory: as a :  allowed or made under a standard, rule, or provision that permits discretion or an option — see also permissive intervention at intervention, permissive presumption at presumption — compare compulsory b :  allowed under modern rules of civil procedure although not arising from the same transaction or occurrence as the one at issue in the original claim <a permissive counterclaim> — see also permissive joinder at joinder

permissively

adverb

permissiveness

noun



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