[ lahy-suhns ]

  1. Chiefly British. a variant of license.

Words Nearby licence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use licence in a sentence

  • On July 19 a proclamation was issued forbidding the possession of firearms without licence.

    The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
  • In 1904 there was only one drinking-saloon, kept by a Bohemian-born American, who paid $6,000 a year for his monopoly licence.

    The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
  • Yet who could truthfully charge her with having obtained her divorce in order thereby to claim any fresh licence for herself?

    Marriage la mode | Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • It contains a vigorous attack on the licence of the press and of the "impudent, rascally Printer."

British Dictionary definitions for licence


US license

/ (ˈlaɪsəns) /

  1. a certificate, tag, document, etc, giving official permission to do something

  2. formal permission or exemption

  1. liberty of action or thought; freedom

  2. intentional disregard of or deviation from conventional rules to achieve a certain effect: poetic licence

  3. excessive freedom

  4. licentiousness

Origin of licence

C14: via Old French and Medieval Latin licentia permission, from Latin: freedom, from licet it is allowed

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