[ per-mis-iv ]
/ pərˈmɪs ɪv /
habitually or characteristically accepting or tolerant of something, as social behavior or linguistic usage, that others might disapprove or forbid.
granting or denoting permission: a permissive nod.
Genetics. (of a cell) permitting replication of a strand of DNA that could be lethal, as a viral segment or mutant gene.
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OTHER WORDS FROM permissive
per·mis·sive·ly, adverbper·mis·sive·ness, nounnon·per·mis·sive, adjectivenon·per·mis·sive·ly, adverb
non·per·mis·sive·ness, nounun·per·mis·sive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nonpermissive
/ (pəˈmɪsɪv) /
tolerant; lenientpermissive parents
indulgent in matters of sexa permissive society
archaic not obligatory
Derived forms of permissivepermissively, adverbpermissiveness, noun
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