per·mis·sive adj
1: based on or having permission
permissive occupancy
a permissive user of the vehicle
2: granting permission or discretion (as to the court)
a permissive statute
3: not compulsory: as
a: allowed or made under a standard, rule, or provision that permits discretion or an option see also permissive intervention at intervention; permissive presumption at presumption compare compulsory
b: allowed under modern rules of civil procedure although not arising from the same transaction or occurrence as the one at issue in the original claim
a permissive counterclaim see also permissive joinder at joinder
per·mis·sive·ly adv
per·mis·sive·ness n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

adjective acquiescent, allowing, broad-minded, complaisant, discretional, granting, indulgent, lenient, liberal, mild, nonprohibitive, tolerant, tolerating, volitive, yielding associated concepts: permissive counterclaim, permissive joinder, permissive statute, permissive use

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Allowed but optional.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

   1) referring to any act which is allowed by court order, legal procedure, or agreement.
   2) tolerant or allowing of others' behavior, suggesting contrary to others' standards.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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