AskDefine | Define permissiveness

Dictionary Definition

permissiveness n : a disposition to allow freedom of choice and behavior [syn: tolerance] [ant: unpermissiveness]

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  1. The relative likelihood of something or someone to grant permission or allow something to happen.
    The permissiveness of campus life leads many college freshmen to try things they would never have experienced at home.

Extensive Definition

In biology, permissiveness refers to a certain relationship between hormones and the target cell. It can be applied to describe situations in which the presence of one hormone, at a certain concentration, is required in order to allow a second hormone to fully affect the target cell. For example, thyroid hormone increases the number of receptors available for epinephrine at the latter's target cell, thereby increasing epinephrine's effect at that cell. Without the thyroid hormone, epinephrine would only have a weak effect.


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