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a. Granting or inclined to grant permission; tolerant or lenient: permissive parents.
b. Characterized by freedom of personal behavior or a disregard of traditional social mores.
2. Permitted or optional: permissive uses of funds.
3. Biology Supporting viral replication. Used of a cell.
1. tolerant; lenient: permissive parents.
2. indulgent in matters of sex: a permissive society.
3. granting permission
4. archaic not obligatory
1. tolerant of something, as social behavior or linguistic usage, that others might disapprove or forbid.
2. granting or expressing permission: a permissive nod.
4. Genetics. (of a cell) permitting replication of a strand of DNA that could be lethal, as a viral segment or mutant gene.
If something is permissible, you are allowed to have it or do it, because it does not break any rules, laws, or conventions.
Towing caravans up to 2.30m wide are permissible in Norway.
I understood that it was permissible to ask a question.
A permissive society or person tolerates things which some people disapprove of, especially freedom of sexual behaviour.
We live in a permissive age.
Baby-boomers are realising that their permissive approach didn't work.
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|Adj.||1.||permissive - not preventive|
|2.||permissive - granting or inclined or able to grant permission; not strict in discipline; "direct primary legislation is largely permissive rather than prescriptive"; "permissive parents"|
unpermissive - not inclined to grant permission; severe in discipline