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English definition of “permissiveness”

permissiveness

noun [U]     /pəˈmɪs.ɪv.nəs/ US  /pɚ-/
a situation in which behaviour that some people might disapprove of is allowed : She attributed the social and economic problems of the 1980s to the permissiveness of the 1960s. He remembers his youth as being an era of sexual permissiveness.Freedom to actOpportunity
(Definition of permissiveness noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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