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[per-mish-uh n] /pərˈmɪʃ ən/
authorization granted to do something; formal consent:
to ask permission to leave the room.
the act of permitting.
Origin of permission
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin permissiōn- (stem of permissiō) a yielding, giving leave, equivalent to permiss(us) (past participle of permittere to permit1) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
permissioned, adjective
[per-mis-uh-ree] /pərˈmɪs ə ri/ (Show IPA),
nonpermission, noun
self-permission, noun
Can be confused
acquiescence, permission.
1. leave, sanction.
1. restraint, refusal. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "There'll be no excuse if any one gets near the house without my permission," he snarled.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • And with your permission, sir, I will put the matter to a test.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • I should like your permission, O Princess, to make a confession.

  • I've permission from the manager to meet you behind the scenes after the last curtain.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • Very craftily he asked Erec for permission to speak with her.

    Four Arthurian Romances Chretien DeTroyes
British Dictionary definitions for permission


authorization to do something
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for permission

early 15c., from Latin permissionem (nominative permissio), noun of action from past participle stem of permittere (see permit (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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permission in Technology

file system
(Or "file mode") The ability to access (read, write, execute, traverse, etc.) a file or directory. Depending on the operating system, each file may have different permissions for different kinds of access and different users or groups of users.
chmod ("change mode") is the UNIX command to change permissions.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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