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[lis-it] /ˈlɪs ɪt/
legal; lawful; legitimate; permissible.
Origin of licit
1475-85; < Latin licitus permitted (past participle of licēre); replacing earlier licite < Middle French; see -ite2
Related forms
licitly, adverb Unabridged
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  • If that possible hastening is licit the whole action is licit; if it is not permissible it will vitiate the entire action.

  • To say that marriage is also a licit remedy of concupiscence is no excuse.

  • Sam Wiles, Zibe Turner, and der crowd have bin busy for a long time makin' 'licit whisky.

    The Kentucky Ranger Edward T. Curnick
  • In time of war, all things required for its carrying on are licit.

    Explanation of Catholic Morals John H. Stapleton
  • His only act was to return a negative answer to the question whether it was licit to employ diabolic arts to save the city.

  • If an unbeliever should see his way to gain by falsehood or licit fraud, what should deter him?

    Rationalism John Mackinnon Robertson
  • There are three fundamental conditions: 1, the consent; 2, a licit cause; 3, the capacity of the contracting parties.

    Elements of Morals Paul Janet
  • Father Sabetti denied that it is indirect, but he held that it is licit for another reason.

  • When one's antecedents have not been of a licit character, one is predisposed to make extraordinary excuses for others.

British Dictionary definitions for licit


a less common word for lawful
Derived Forms
licitly, adverb
licitness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin licitus permitted, from licēre to be permitted
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for licit

late 15c., from Middle French licite or directly from Latin licitus "lawful," past participle of licere "be allowed, be lawful" (see licence). Related: Licitly; licitness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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