Meaning of permissive

per•mis•sive

Pronunciation: (pur-mis'iv), [key]
— adj.
  1. habitually or characteristically accepting or tolerant of something, as social behavior or linguistic usage, that others might disapprove or forbid.
  2. granting or denoting permission: a permissive nod.
  3. optional.
  4. (of a cell) permitting replication of a strand of DNA that could be lethal, as a viral segment or mutant gene.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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