permissive


per·mis·sive

adjective \pər-ˈmi-siv\

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

Full Definition of PERMISSIVE

1
archaic :  granted on sufferance :  tolerated
2
a :  granting or tending to grant permission :  tolerant
b :  deficient in firmness or control :  indulgent, lax
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

per·mis·sive

adjective \pər-ˈmis-iv\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PERMISSIVE

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

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