Gentle vs Permissive - What's the difference?

gentle | permissive |

As adjectives the difference between gentle and permissive

is that gentle is tender and amiable; of a considerate or kindly disposition while permissive is giving, or predisposed to give permission; lenient.

As a verb gentle

is to become gentle.

As a noun gentle

is (archaic) a person of high birth.




  • Tender and amiable; of a considerate or kindly disposition.
  • Soft and mild rather than hard or severe.
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  • Docile and easily managed.
  • a gentle horse
  • Gradual rather than steep or sudden.
  • Polite and respectful rather than rude.
  • (archaic) Well-born; of a good family or respectable birth, though not noble.
  • * Johnson's Cyc.
  • British society is divided into nobility, gentry, and yeomanry, and families are either noble, gentle , or simple.
  • * Milton
  • the studies wherein our noble and gentle youth ought to bestow their time


    * (polite) friendly, kind, polite, respectful


    * (polite) rude

    Derived terms

    * gentle craft * gentleness * gentleman * gentlewoman * gently


  • to become gentle (rfex)
  • to ennoble (rfex)
  • (animal husbandry) to break; to tame; to domesticate (rfex)
  • To soothe; to calm. (rfex)
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • (archaic) A person of high birth.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Gentles , methinks you frown.
  • (archaic) A maggot used as bait by anglers (rfex)
  • A trained falcon, or falcon-gentil.
  • permissive



    (en adjective)
  • Giving, or predisposed to give permission; lenient.
  • Anagrams

    * impressive ----