American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Granting or inclined to grant permission; tolerant or lenient.
- adj. Permitting discretion; optional.
- adj. Archaic Not forbidden; permitted.
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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Permitting; granting leave or liberty.
- adj. Permitted; tolerated; suffered.
- adj. granting or inclined or able to grant permission; not strict in discipline
- adj. not preventive
“I don't much care for the term 'permissive' in raising youngsters.”
“They believe and hope they're going into what they call permissive environment, but they are prepared for anything they say.”
“They believe it is what they call a permissive environment that the Lebanese will cause them, obviously, no problem.”
“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.”
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“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.”
“She was often critical of what in England was called the permissive society; but on socio-sexual questions she was in practice tolerantly libertarian.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“But they really have to operate in what the military calls a permissive environment.”
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