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Definition of "permissive" [per•mis•sive]

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "permissive" in a sentence
  • "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."