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permissive

per·mis·sive

permissive

 
 
pronunciation:
pr mI sihv
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: allowing much, often excessive, freedom of behavior; lenient.
The parents are very permissive, and the children are rather spoiled as a result.
synonyms:
indulgent, lax, lenient
antonyms:
intolerant, puritanical, strict
similar words:
easy, latitudinarian, loose, soft
definition 2: indicating permission.
similar words:
affirmative, approving, consenting, favorable
derivations: permissively (adv.), permissiveness (n.)
Word Parts
The word permissive contains the following parts:
-ive, -ative Latin adjective-forming suffix that means tending to, connected with, or performing
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The suffix -ive , -ative turns Latinate verb bases into adjectives. Many adjectives ending in -ive , -ative have corresponding noun forms ending in -ity (objective , objectivity) or -ion (effusive , effusion).