permit (n.)

"written statement of permission or licence," 1714, from permit (v.).

permit (v.)

late 15c., from Middle French permetre and directly from Latin permittere "let pass, let go, let loose; give up, hand over; let, allow, grant, permit," from per "through" (from PIE root *per- (1) "forward," hence "through") + mittere "let go, send" (see mission). Related: Permitted; permitting.

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