permissive

[ per-mis-iv ]
/ pərˈmɪs ɪv /
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adjective

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.

Origin of permissive

1425–75; late Middle English; see permission, -ive; compare French permissif
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British Dictionary definitions for nonpermissive

permissive

/ (pəˈmɪsɪv) /

adjective

tolerant; lenientpermissive parents
indulgent in matters of sexa permissive society
granting permission
archaic not obligatory
Derived Formspermissively, adverbpermissiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for nonpermissive

permissive


adj.

c.1600, "allowing to pass through," from Old French permissif, from Latin permiss-, past participle stem of permittere "to let go, let pass, let loose" (see permit (v.)). In sense of "tolerant, liberal" it is first recorded 1956; by 1966 it had definite overtones of sexual freedom. Earlier it meant "permitted, allowed" (early 15c.). Related: Permissively; permissiveness.

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