per·mis·sion | \pər-ˈmi-shən \

Definition of permission 

1 : the act of permitting

2 : formal consent : authorization

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Examples of permission in a Sentence

They got permission from the city to build an apartment complex. The teacher gave me her permission to go home early.

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Los Angeles County prosecutors said Friday that 21-year-old Susan Antrach of Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, has been charged with five identity-theft counts, five fraud counts and one count of accessing and using data without permission. CBS News, "Woman charged with hacking Selena Gomez’s email," 13 July 2018 YouTube already has a similar program called Content ID, which helps copyright owners find people using their content without permission. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "YouTube will now notify some creators when their videos are stolen," 11 July 2018 West Brom announced today that winger James McClean failed to turn up to training without permission., "West Brom Star Faces 'Internal Disciplinary Proceedings' After Training Camp No-Show," 10 July 2018 Last month, Apple began expressly prohibiting app makers from selling address book information to other companies without permission. Washington Post,, "Lawmakers press Apple and Google on how they track and listen to smartphone users," 9 July 2018 The Avett Brothers were forced to cancel their concert at the Edgefield in Troutdale, Oregon, on Saturday (July 7) after a man with a gun entered the venue without permission. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, "The Avett Brothers Cancel Oregon Concert After Man With Gun Disappears Into Crowd," 8 July 2018 Some devices are sending photos from your camera roll to the contacts in your phone – randomly, and without permission. Kim Quindlen, Teen Vogue, "Samsung Phones Reportedly Send Out Users’ Photos at Random," 3 July 2018 Have cities learned from the new wave of transportation startups inspired by Uber that simply showed up and started operating without permission? Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: The Supreme Court upholds Trump’s travel ban; 17 states sue Trump," 27 June 2018 RVs parked without permission will be towed at the owner’s expense. Jeanne Houck,, "Independence Day: A blast in the 'burbs," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of permission

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for permission

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin permission-, permissio, from permittere

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English Language Learners Definition of permission

: the right or ability to do something that is given by someone who has the power to decide if it will be allowed or permitted


per·mis·sion | \pər-ˈmi-shən \

Kids Definition of permission

: the approval of a person in authority I have permission to leave early.

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to reject or criticize sharply

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