noun, verb (used with object), li·cenced, li·cenc·ing.
- libyan desert,
- license plate,
- licensed aircraft engineer,
- licensed practical nurse
Examples from the Web for licenced
Yet it is not just the acts of brutality that compel his attention: it is the ways in which they are licenced by authority.Walking In The Footsteps Of W.G. Sebald, Hiker, Novelist, Strange Genius|Edward Platt|June 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You auctioneers are licenced gentlemen, and you do exaggerate a little sometimes.To The West|George Manville Fenn
Barto passed the gates as one of the licenced English family.Vittoria, Complete|George Meredith
But you played for gain, and that was a licenced thieving; and that was a backsliding; and there will have to be a climbing up.The Amazing Marriage, Complete|George Meredith
Word Origin for licence
c.1400, "grant formal authorization," from license (n.). Related: Licenced; Licencing.
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.