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PERMISSIVE

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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]

Meaning:

Not preventive

Similar:

bailable (admitting of bail)

Antonym:

preventive (tending to prevent or hinder)


Sense 2permissive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Similar:

indulgent; lenient; soft (tolerant or lenient)

Attribute:

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

Antonym:

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


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