Meaning of “permissive” in the English Dictionary

"permissive" in British English

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uk /pəˈmɪs.ɪv/ us /pɚˈmɪs.ɪv/

permissive adjective (BY PERMISSION)

UK A permissive path can be used because the owner of the land that it crosses has given permission.


(Definition of “permissive” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"permissive" in American English

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us /pərˈmɪs·ɪv/ esp. disapproving

allowing a wide range of choices, esp. in an area where there have traditionally been rules that had to be obeyed:

Their neighbors thought they were too permissive with their children, letting them stay up so late at night.
noun [ U ] us /pərˈmɪs·ɪv·nəs/

(Definition of “permissive” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)