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adj. 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.

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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Additionally, the court agreed that an owner is entitled to a presumption of permissive use but concluded that such presumption "is not conclusive and is ineffectual in the face of facts which cause its dissipation." The court held that the presumption of permissive use may be overcome by knowledge imputed to the owner of adverse use by the party claiming the prescriptive right, that it is not necessary that this be done by declarations or assertions but it may be effectuated by use inconsistent with the owner's use and enjoyment of his lands, and, further, that the use need not be exclusive but may be in common with the owner or the public.
Later developments in Western thought brought out potential conflicts between the two sides of permissive natural law.
Judge Saylor noted the narrow approach was removed from the Rules in 2009 and found deficiencies in both the permissive and moderate approaches.
According to Monique Chireau, Ob/Gyn and epidemiologist at Duke University, "diversity of abortion legislation and the availability of virtually complete vital records in every Mexican state allowed for a unique natural experiment assessing whether populations exposed to less permissive abortion legislation also exhibited higher MMR.
"The permissive society had been caused by middle-aged entrepreneurs who did not want to think they were growing old; people who wanted to exploit, particularly the young, for financial gain; and politically motivated people," she said.
Moreover it was hypothesized that maternal and paternal permissive style would be negatively related with emotion regulation.
Present study examined the negative parenting styles (authoritarian and permissive) and their influence on psychological well being of adolescence.
In October 2010, OIG released enforcement guidance on when it would exercise its permissive exclusion power with respect to officers or managing employees in the absence of evidence that the person knew or should have known about the misconduct.
Hostile, Uncertain, and Permissive Operating Environments
In a statement, the two politicians alleged that "permissive medication rules have resulted in some unscrupulous trainers giving horses painkillers and other drugs to improve their chances of success without regard for health or safety".
Capital Affairs: London and the Making of the Permissive Society.