[ per-mish-uhn ]
/ pərˈmɪʃ ən /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for permission


/ (pəˈmɪʃən) /


authorization to do something
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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