[ lahy-suhns ]
/ ˈlaɪ səns /
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Chiefly British. a variant of license.
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How to use licence in a sentence
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
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
The hunters rarely climbed up to it, and their wild and licenced converse was unheard for the time.The Scalp Hunters|Mayne Reid
Besides being confessedly an art-form, duly licenced to lie, it was apt to be misunderstood.Young Lives|Richard Le Gallienne
After that he was become a moonke in the monasterie Moonks licenced to drinke wine.Holinshed Chronicles, Volume I, Complete|Raphaell Holinshed
With us, no shop-boy or apprentice would take his sweetheart to a public hop at any of the licenced music-houses.
British Dictionary definitions for licence
/ (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
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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