Definition of permissive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

permissive

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//pəˈmɪsɪv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pərˈmɪsɪv//
 
 
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allowing or showing a freedom of behaviour that many people do not approve of, especially in sexual matters permissive attitudes permissive parents (= who allow their children a lot of freedom) Word Origin late 15th cent. (in the sense ‘tolerated, allowed’): from Old French, or from medieval Latin permissivus, from permiss- ‘allowed’, from the verb permittere, from per- ‘through’ + mittere ‘send, let go’.Extra examples a highly permissive attitude a society that is sexually permissive Even in the most permissive times fidelity in marriage is important to many. He grew up before the permissive society. The Fifties were not a permissive era.
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