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Wordnet 3.0


1. not preventive;

2. granting or inclined or able to grant permission; not strict in discipline;
- Example: "direct primary legislation is largely permissive rather than prescriptive"
- Example: "permissive parents"

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Permissive \Per*mis"sive\ (p[~e]r*m[i^]s"s[i^]v), a. 1. Permitting; granting leave or liberty. "By his permissive will." --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Permitted; tolerated; suffered. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

permissive adj 1: not preventive [ant: preventative, preventive] 2: granting or inclined or able to grant permission; not strict in discipline; "direct primary legislation is largely permissive rather than prescriptive"; "permissive parents" [ant: unpermissive]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

107 Moby Thesaurus words for "permissive": accommodating, accordant, acquiescent, admissive, affable, affirmative, agreeable, agreeing, allowing, amiable, approving, assenting, benevolent, benign, benignant, broad-minded, careless, complaisant, compliable, compliant, conditional, consentient, consenting, content, culpably negligent, decent, derelict, eager, easy, easygoing, endorsing, favorable, freethinking, generous, gracious, imperative, impotent, imprecise, inadvertent, inattentive, indicative, indifferent, indulgent, jussive, kind, kindly, laissez-faire, latitudinarian, lax, lenient, liberal, libertarian, libertine, loose, mode, mood, neglectful, neglecting, negligent, noninterfering, nonprohibitive, nonrestrictive, nothing loath, obligative, obliging, off-guard, open-minded, optative, overindulgent, overly permissive, overpermissive, permitting, potential, procrastinating, prompt, ratifying, ready, relaxed, remiss, sanctioning, scamping, skimping, slack, slighting, slipshod, sloppy, slurring, soft, subjunctive, submissive, suffering, tolerant, tolerating, unbigoted, uncircumspect, ungrudging, unguarded, unloath, unprohibitive, unrefusing, unreluctant, unrestrained, unrigorous, unwary, unwatchful, weak, willing
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

PERMISSIVE. Allowed; that which may be done; as permissive waste, which is the permitting real estate to go to waste; when a tenant is bound to repair he is punishable for permissive waste. 2 Bouv. Inst. n. 2400. See Waste.