Being permissive is the opposite of being strict. Permissive parents let their kids stay up later and have more sweets.

A permissive person is a little more lenient or loosey-goosey with the rules. A permissive teacher is easier on the students and lets them get away with more. A permissive coach will cut players slack during practices and games. Laws can be permissive too — about drugs, guns, and other things that could be tightly controlled. A permissive society is one with more freedom. When a situation is permissive, there's permission to do more things.

Definitions of permissive
  1. adjective
    granting or inclined or able to grant permission; not strict in discipline
    “direct primary legislation is largely permissive rather than prescriptive”
    permissive parents”
    indulgent, lenient, soft
    tolerant or lenient
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    not inclined to grant permission; severe in discipline
  2. adjective
    not preventive
    admitting of bail
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    preventative, preventive
    tending to prevent or hinder
    blocking entrance to and exit from seaports and harbors
    clogging, hindering, impeding, obstructive
    preventing movement
    tending to deter
    frustrating, frustrative, thwarting
    preventing realization or attainment of a desire
    precautional, precautionary
    taken in advance to protect against possible danger or failure
    obviating, preclusive
    made impossible
    pre-emptive, preemptive
    designed or having the power to deter or prevent an anticipated situation or occurrence
    prohibitive, prohibitory
    tending to discourage (especially of prices)
    intended or adapted to afford protection of some kind
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