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
June 5, 2014
You auctioneers are licenced gentlemen, and you do exaggerate a little sometimes.To The West
George Manville Fenn
After he was licenced, they sent him at first to preach in Annandale.Biographia Scoticana (Scots Worthies)
Barto passed the gates as one of the licenced English family.Vittoria, Complete
The play was licenced in October 1592; but of a first edition, not purporting to be amended, no copy has been yet found.
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
- 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 and History for licenced
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.