authorization granted to do something; formal consent: to ask permission to leave the room.
the act of permitting.

Origin of permission

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 formsper·mis·sioned, adjectiveper·mis·so·ry [per-mis-uh-ree] /pərˈmɪs ə ri/, adjectivenon·per·mis·sion, nounself-per·mis·sion, noun
Can be confusedacquiescence permission

Synonyms for permission

Antonyms for permission Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for permission

Contemporary Examples of permission

Historical Examples of permission

  • Her visitor had accepted the open door as permission to enter and was standing in the hall.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • He looked about the company for permission to begin, and then addressed himself to Arrumpa.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • I didn't want to go into this phase of it, but it may explain what, with your permission, I am about to do.

  • Well, it doesn't matter; I'll take the horse without his permission.

  • I dare say my mother will consent to it, if I have my father's permission to go.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

British Dictionary definitions for permission



authorization to do something
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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