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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  • license — or licence [lī′səns] n. [OFr < L licentia < licens, prp. of licere, to be permitted: see LEISURE] 1. a formal permission to do something; esp. authorization by law to do some specified thing [license to marry, practice medicine, hunt, etc.] …   English World dictionary

  • License — Li cense (l[imac] sens), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Licensed} (l[imac] senst); p. pr. & vb. n. {Licensing}.] To permit or authorize by license; to give license to; as, to license a man to preach. Milton. Shak. Syn: licence, certify. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • License — (engl., spr. leißens), s. Ticket of leave …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

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  • license — see LICENCE (Cf. licence). Related: Licensed; licensing …   Etymology dictionary

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