[ lahy-suhns ]
/ ˈlaɪ səns /

noun, verb (used with object), li·cenced, li·cenc·ing.

Chiefly British. a variant of license. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for licence


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/ (ˈlaɪsəns) /


a certificate, tag, document, etc, giving official permission to do something
formal permission or exemption
liberty of action or thought; freedom
intentional disregard of or deviation from conventional rules to achieve a certain effectpoetic licence
excessive freedom

Word Origin for licence

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