Antonyms for permissive

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Therefore the poet is not any permissive potentate, but is emperor in his own right.

She smiled at last, with permissive recognition, and Gates came forward.

Instead of being compulsory the Act, should an Act be passed, was to be permissive.

Therefore the consequent will of God, which has sin for its object, is only permissive.

There is precisely the case wherein the will of a wise mind is only permissive.

We have also releasing or permissive function; and we have transmissive function.

Do not be too sure about it when it is placable and permissive.

But as these laws were permissive and not prohibitory, the evil was not restrained.

In restricting some of the permissive clauses of the Law, on the other hand, he acted precisely in the same spirit.

Permissive powers exist for County Councils to enforce compulsory attendance.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1600, "allowing to pass through," from Old French permissif, from Latin permiss-, past participle stem of permittere "to let go, let pass, let loose" (see permit (v.)). In sense of "tolerant, liberal" it is first recorded 1956; by 1966 it had definite overtones of sexual freedom. Earlier it meant "permitted, allowed" (early 15c.). Related: Permissively; permissiveness.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR PERMISSIVE

enabling

adjectiveallowing to happen
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