permissive

adjective per·mis·sive \ pər-ˈmi-siv \

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
4 :supporting growth or genetic replication (as of a virus)
  • permissive host cells

permissively

adverb

permissiveness

noun

Examples of permissive in a Sentence

  1. Some states have more permissive laws than others.

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Origin and Etymology of permissive

Middle English permyssyf, from Middle French permissif, from Latin permissus


PERMISSIVE Defined for English Language Learners

permissive

adjective

Definition of permissive for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

permissive

adjective per·mis·sive \ pər-ˈmis-iv \

medical Definition of permissive

:supporting growth or genetic replication (as of a virus)
  • permissive temperatures
  • permissive monkey cells

Law Dictionary

permissive

adjective per·mis·sive

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

permissively

adverb

permissiveness

noun


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