AskDefine | Define permission

Dictionary Definition



1 approval to do something; "he asked permission to leave"
2 the act of giving a formal (usually written) authorization [syn: license, permit]

User Contributed Dictionary



From Middle English permitten, from Middle French permettre, from Latin permittere, to give up or allow Hence permit



  1. authorisation; consent (especially formal consent from someone in authority)
    Sire, do I have your permission to execute this traitor?
  2. The act of permitting
    Do I have your permission to throw this away?
  3. (computing): flags or ACLs pertaining to a file that dictate who can access it, and how.
    I used the command "chmod 644 /var/www/html/index.htm" to change the file's permission.



  • Arabic:
  • Chinese: 许可 (xǔkě)
  • Czech: povolení
  • Dutch: toestemming , toelating
  • Finnish: oikeus, lupa
  • French: permission
  • German: Erlaubnis
  • Greek: άδεια
  • Hungarian: engedély
  • Italian: permesso
  • Japanese: 許可 (kyoka)
  • Korean: 허가 (heoga)
  • Portuguese: permissão
  • Russian: разрешение
  • Spanish: permiso
  • Swedish: tillåtelse , tillstånd , medgivande
  • Telugu: అనుమతి
act of permitting
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