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
Examples of permissive in a sentence
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 Definition of permissive
: supporting growth or genetic replication (as of a virus) <permissive temperatures> <permissive monkey cells>
Legal Definition of permissive
1 : based on or having permission <permissive occupancy> <a permissive user of the vehicle>
2 : granting permission or discretion (as to the court) <a permissive statute>
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
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