Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of permitting.
  • n. Consent, especially formal consent; authorization.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. authorisation; consent (especially formal consent from someone in authority)
  • n. The act of permitting
  • n. flags or access control lists pertaining to a file that dictate who can access it, and how.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of permitting or allowing; formal consent; authorization; leave; license or liberty granted.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of permitting or allowing; license or liberty granted; consent; leave; allowance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. approval to do something
  • n. the act of giving a formal (usually written) authorization

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin permissiō, permissiōn-, from permissus, past participle of permittere, to permit; see permit.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English permitten, from Middle French permettre, from Latin permittere ("to give up", "to allow"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “Time to phase it out so that the Government of Israel can defend its people without having to obtain permission from the US president.” (slc)

    Matthew Yglesias » Endgame

  • Time to phase it out so that the Government of Israel can defend its people without having to obtain permission from the US president.

    Matthew Yglesias » Endgame

  • Thanks to his enlightening work, I now realize that I need to first get a large group of ethnically, racially and religiously homogenous people together to go to TNR offices to obtain permission from the editors that we call ourselves “a nation” before we can have any human rights. saifedean Says:

    Matthew Yglesias » Bye, Bye Nationhood

  • Foreigners planning to marry Mexicans must first obtain permission from the Secretaria de Gobernación Office of Migración, providing the same documentation as well as a fee of $1723 pesos (about $191 USD).

    It Takes More Than "I Do" To Marry In Mexico

  • "The federal government would have to obtain permission from a secret court to continue a controversial form of surveillance, which the National Security Agency now conducts without warrants, under a bill being proposed by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-Pa.)." ...

    This Law Sounds Oddly Familiar

  • Specter's proposal would bring the four-year-old NSA program under the authority of the court created by the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The federal government would have to obtain permission from a secret court to continue a controversial form of surveillance, which the National Security Agency now conducts without warrants.

    Balkinization

  • The federal government would have to obtain permission from a secret court to continue a controversial form of surveillance, which the National Security Agency now conducts without warrants, under a bill being proposed by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-Pa.).

    Balkinization

  • The state forced me to obtain permission from the man that deserted me and my three daughters.

    Think Progress » Novak Debunks Himself

  • The US Immigration personnel was, surprisingly, very helpful, giving us temporary permits for the Mexican drivers to come into the US to collect the goods and all went well until the truck returned to Mexico on Saturday morning. we were told we would still have to obtain permission from the Chihuahua Red Cross but they were closed until Monday.

    Has anyone taken donated equipment accross?

  • The courtship process is much more formal and the male must obtain permission from the girl's parents before beginning to "date."

    Living in Timucuy, Yucatan: birth, death and some in-between

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