Roman women liked Plato's Republic for the licence they wrongly supposed it gave.
"Ted has gone for licence and ring and minister," Una went on.
If any desire to visit another city, the prince giveth letters of licence.
In 1666 he, with others, received a licence to dig coal in Windsor Forest.
There is no land tax, and licence or business taxes are levied by the municipalities for local purposes.
But if we grant all this licence, what can it effect after all?
On some profitable beats, the licence fee was fifty cents per night.
Sir John desires to obtain a licence to build at the mouth of the Fal.
I asked him if he would accept a situation as chauffeur, and whether he could show me his licence.
To do us credit, we availed ourselves of his licence to the uttermost.
mid-14c., "liberty (to do something), leave," from Old French licence "freedom, liberty, power, possibility; permission," (12c.), from Latin licentia "freedom, liberty, license," from licentem (nominative licens). present participle of licere "to be allowed, be lawful," from PIE root *leik- "to offer, bargain" (cf. Lettish likstu "I come to terms"). Meaning "formal (usually written) permission from authority to do something" (marry, hunt, drive, etc.) is first attested early 15c. Meaning "excessive liberty, disregard of propriety" is from mid-15c. No etymological justification for the spelling with -s-; attempts to confine license to verbal use and licence to noun use (cf. advise/advice, devise/device) seem to have failed.
c.1400, "grant formal authorization," from license (n.). Related: Licenced; Licencing.