Definition of the permissive society noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the permissive society

; NAmE
[singular] (often disapproving)
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the changes towards greater freedom in attitudes and behaviour that happened in many countries in the 1960s and 1970s, especially the greater freedom in sexual matters Culture These changes were originally made by younger people, and developed from ideas such as flower power and the hippie culture. Some people blame the permissive society for modern problems like the use of illegal drugs, lack of respect for authority and low moral standards.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: the permissive society