[per-mis-iv] /pərˈmɪs ɪv/
habitually or characteristically accepting or tolerant of something, as social behavior or linguistic usage, that others might disapprove or forbid.
granting or denoting :
a permissive nod.
Genetics. (of a cell) replication of a strand of DNA that could be lethal, as a viral segment or mutant gene.
tolerant; lenient: permissive parents
indulgent in matters of sex: a permissive society
(archaic) not obligatory
c.1600, “allowing to pass through,” from Old French permissif, from Latin permiss-, past participle stem of permittere “to let go, let pass, let loose” (see permit (v.)). In sense of “tolerant, liberal” it is first recorded 1956; by 1966 it had definite overtones of sexual freedom. Earlier it meant “permitted, allowed” (early 15c.). Related: Permissively; permissiveness.
[verb per-mit; noun pur-mit, per-mit] /verb pərˈmɪt; noun ˈpɜr mɪt, pərˈmɪt/ verb (used with object), permitted, permitting. 1. to allow to do something: Permit me to explain. 2. to allow to be done or occur: The law does not permit the sale of such drugs. 3. to tolerate; agree to: a law permitting Roman Catholicism […]
[pur-puh n-dik-yuh-ler] /ˌpɜr pənˈdɪk yə lər/ adjective 1. vertical; straight up and down; upright. 2. Geometry. meeting a given line or surface at right angles. 3. maintaining a standing or upright position; standing up. 4. having a sharp pitch or slope; steep. 5. (initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to the last style of English […]
[per-pech-oo-uh l] /pərˈpɛtʃ u əl/ adjective 1. continuing or enduring forever; everlasting. 2. lasting an indefinitely long time: perpetual snow. 3. continuing or continued without intermission or interruption; ceaseless: a perpetual stream of visitors all day. 4. blooming almost continuously throughout the season or the year. noun 5. a hybrid rose that is perpetual. 6. […]
[per-sis-tuh ns, -zis-] /pərˈsɪs təns, -ˈzɪs-/ noun 1. the act or fact of . 2. the quality of being : You have persistence, I’ll say that for you. 3. continued existence or occurrence: the persistence of smallpox. 4. the continuance of an effect after its cause is removed. /pəˈsɪstəns/ noun 1. the quality of persisting; […]