What does permission mean?

Definitions for permission
pərˈmɪʃ ənper·mis·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. permissionnoun

    approval to do something

    "he asked permission to leave"

  2. license, permission, permitnoun

    the act of giving a formal (usually written) authorization


  1. permissionnoun

    authorisation; consent (especially formal consent from someone in authority)

    Sire, do I have your permission to execute this traitor?

  2. permissionnoun

    The act of permitting

  3. permissionnoun

    flags or access control lists pertaining to a file that dictate who can access it, and how.

    I used the "chmod" command to change the file's permission.

  4. Etymology: From permitten, from permettre, from permittere.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Permissionnoun

    Allowance; grant of liberty.

    Etymology: permission, Fr. permissus, Lat.

    With thy permission then, and thus forewarn’d,
    The willinger I go. John Milton.

    You have given me your permission for this address, and encouraged me by your perusal and approbation. Dryden.


  1. permission

    Permission is the authorization, consent, or allowance given to someone to do something. It refers to the act of allowing a particular action to take place or granting the right to use something, to access information, or to perform an action that is otherwise restricted or prohibited.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Permissionnoun

    the act of permitting or allowing; formal consent; authorization; leave; license or liberty granted


  1. Permission

    Permission, in philosophy, is the attribute of a person whose performance of a specific action, otherwise ethically wrong or dubious, would thereby involve no ethical fault. The term "permission" is more commonly used to refer to consent. Consent is the legal embodiment of the concept, in which approval is given to another party. Permissions depend on norms or institutions. Many permissions and obligations are complementary to each other, and deontic logic is a tool sometimes used in reasoning about such relationships.

Editors Contribution

  1. permission

    Authorization to do

    They choose to marry and have babies as soon as possible.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 15, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'permission' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3165

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'permission' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2746

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'permission' in Nouns Frequency: #1281

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of permission in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of permission in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of permission in a Sentence

  1. Kayte Spector-Bagdady:

    Whether or not you have been vaccinated is your own private medical information, places like hospitals or your doctor generally can not share that information without your written permission. But there will likely be increasing circumstances where you might want to share your vaccine status. A small gathering of friends, for instance, might want to share vaccine statuses to assuage any anxieties people might have.

  2. Pidgeon Pagonis:

    I let the shame of having a different body and not looking' normal,' debilitate me, i needed that permission and Bo Laurent gave it to me.

  3. The Vatican:

    Forgiveness of the sin of abortion does not condone abortion nor minimize its grave effects, pope Francis ' pastoral approach is clearly Pope Francis ' pastoral approach. Many bishops have granted priests permission to forgive the sin. The fact that this statement is coming from Pope Francis ' and in such a moving, pastoral way, is more evidence of the great pastoral approach and concern of Pope Francis '.

  4. Krysta Rodriguez:

    I’m definitely working hard as a very driven person to give myself permission to have cancer and to fight cancer, it’s a really hard thing.

  5. Jaydee Hanson:

    With all the urgent crises facing our nation and the State of Florida — the Covid-19 pandemic, racial injustice, climate change — the administration has used tax dollars and government resources for a Jurassic Park experiment, now the Monroe County Mosquito Control District has given the final permission needed. What could possibly go wrong ? We don't know, because The EPA unlawfully refused to seriously analyze environmental risks, now without further review of the risks, the experiment can proceed.

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