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Edward and Alexandra were the most permissive royal parents.
The program is medically based, not permissive as in states like Colorado that are experiencing the consequences of legalization.Chris Christie to the Drug War: I Wish I Knew How to Quit You|Olivia Nuzzi, Abby Haglage|June 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Just as important, however, is a permissive external environment.Why Democracy Will Struggle In The Arab World In 2014|Balint Szlanko|January 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“It is permissive,” the former student adviser told The Daily Beast.
I always felt safe,” said one former Columbia student who dabbled in selling, calling the campus a “permissive environment.
But as these laws were permissive and not prohibitory, the evil was not restrained.Grappling with the Monster|T. S. Arthur
The Permissive Bill was asked for by an energetic teetotaller; and others, even in these Tory quarters, suggested the ballot.Ralph the Heir|Anthony Trollope
The permissive subjunctive with tomo is fucaqu tomo or fucai tomo 'although deep.'Diego Collado's Grammar of the Japanese Language|Diego Collado
This was not mandatory, but permissive; and negotiations could now be opened with the gentlemen at Annapolis.Woman's Work in the Civil War|Linus Pierpont Brockett
We have also releasing or permissive function; and we have transmissive function.The Making of Arguments|J. H. Gardiner
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.