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 for permissive
From 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]

From 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]

From 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
  
  

From 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. 
  
  

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