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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

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>

per·mis·sive·ly adverb
per·mis·sive·ness noun

Examples of permissive

  1. Some states have more permissive laws than others.



Origin 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 genetic replication (as of a virus) <permissive temperatures> <permissive monkey cells>





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