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 Dictionary entry overview: What does permissive mean? 

PERMISSIVE (adjective)
  The adjective PERMISSIVE has 2 senses:

1. not preventive
2. granting or inclined or able to grant permission; not strict in discipline

  Familiarity information: PERMISSIVE used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

PERMISSIVE (adjective)

Sense 1permissive [BACK TO TOP]


Not preventive


bailable (admitting of bail)


preventive (tending to prevent or hinder)

Sense 2permissive [BACK TO TOP]


Granting or inclined or able to grant permission; not strict in discipline

Context examples:

direct primary legislation is largely permissive rather than prescriptive / permissive parents


indulgent; lenient; soft (tolerant or lenient)


permissiveness; tolerance (a disposition to allow freedom of choice and behavior)


unpermissive (not inclined to grant permission; severe in discipline)

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