Definitions

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

  • adj. Granting or inclined to grant permission; tolerant or lenient.
  • adj. Permitting discretion; optional.
  • adj. Archaic Not forbidden; permitted.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Giving, or predisposed to give permission; lenient.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Permitting; granting leave or liberty.
  • adj. Permitted; tolerated; suffered.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • That suffers, permits, or allows (something to pass or be done); that allows or grants permission: unhindering.
  • Permitted; unhindered; that may or may not be done or left undone; at the option of the individual, community, etc.; optional; not obligatory or mandatory.

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

  • adj. granting or inclined or able to grant permission; not strict in discipline
  • adj. not preventive

Etymologies

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Examples

  • I don't much care for the term 'permissive' in raising youngsters.

    BBC News - Home

  • They believe and hope they're going into what they call permissive environment, but they are prepared for anything they say.

    CNN Transcript Jul 19, 2006

  • They believe it is what they call a permissive environment that the Lebanese will cause them, obviously, no problem.

    CNN Transcript Jul 21, 2006

  • Spock's arrest in particular garnered attention because conservatives for some time had been blaming what they termed his permissive approach to child rearing for creating this spoiled and quarrelsome generation.

    1968 the Year that Rocked the World

  • We also know that, based on the security environment, the area's been declared what we call permissive, which means that more and more humanitarian organizations can move into the area now.

    CNN Transcript Apr 15, 2003

  • She was often critical of what in England was called the permissive society; but on socio-sexual questions she was in practice tolerantly libertarian.

    John Campbell: Michele Bachmann: America's Iron Lady?

  • According to them, secular humanists nurture a culture that promotes abortion; encourages gay marriage; prohibits prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance in permissive schools that indoctrinate students with Darwin's "theory" of evolution; preaches moral relativism; and generally threatens to subvert the Christian foundations of the republic.

    April 2005

  • The global relevance of the West’s political message could be vitiated by the growing tendency in the advanced world to infuse the inner content of liberal democracy with a life-style that I define as permissive cornucopia.

    Out of Control

  • But the alternative path, known as a permissive path because its continued existence is at the whim of the school, has now been deemed unacceptable by local walkers.

    Harrow school rows with walkers over right to ramble in its grounds

  • But they really have to operate in what the military calls a permissive environment.

    CNN Transcript Apr 4, 2003

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