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Pronunciation:  pur'misiv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  granting or inclined or able to grant permission; not strict in discipline; "direct primary legislation is largely permissive rather than prescriptive"; "permissive parents"
  2. [adj]  not preventive

PERMISSIVE is a 10 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: admitting of(p), allowing of(p), bailable, indulgent, lax, lenient, permitting of(p), soft
 Antonyms: preventative, preventive, unpermissive



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Per*mis"sive\, a.
1. Permitting; granting leave or liberty. ``By his permissive
   will.'' --Milton.

2. Permitted; tolerated; suffered. --Milton.

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