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