SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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;
French permissif Related forms per·mis·sive·ly, adverb per·mis·sive·ness, noun non·per·mis·sive, adjective non·per·mis·sive·ly, adverb non·per·mis·sive·ness, noun un·per·mis·sive, adjective
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These take thought, at least ostensibly or
permissively, for the temporal welfare of the laity, as well as for their own. British Dictionary definitions for permissively adjective tolerant; lenient permissive parents indulgent in matters of sex a permissive society granting permission archaic not obligatory Derived Forms permissively, adverb permissiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for permissively 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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