License Li"cense (l[imac]"sens), n. [Written also {licence}.] [F. licence, L. licentia, fr. licere to be permitted, prob. orig., to be left free to one; akin to linquere to leave. See {Loan}, and cf. {Illicit}, {Leisure}.] 1. Authority or liberty given to do or forbear any act; especially, a formal permission from the proper authorities to perform certain acts or to carry on a certain business, which without such permission would be illegal; a grant of permission; as, a license to preach, to practice medicine, to sell gunpowder or intoxicating liquors. [1913 Webster]

To have a license and a leave at London to dwell. --P. Plowman. [1913 Webster]

2. The document granting such permission. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

3. Excess of liberty; freedom abused, or used in contempt of law or decorum; disregard of law or propriety. [1913 Webster]

License they mean when they cry liberty. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. That deviation from strict fact, form, or rule, in which an artist or writer indulges, assuming that it will be permitted for the sake of the advantage or effect gained; as, poetic license; grammatical license, etc. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Leave; liberty; permission. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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