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license

[lahy-suh ns]
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noun
  1. formal permission from a governmental or other constituted authority to do something, as to carry on some business or profession.
  2. a certificate, tag, plate, etc., giving proof of such permission; official permit: a driver's license.
  3. permission to do or not to do something.
  4. intentional deviation from rule, convention, or fact, as for the sake of literary or artistic effect: poetic license.
  5. exceptional freedom allowed in a special situation.
  6. excessive or undue freedom or liberty.
  7. licentiousness.
  8. the legal right to use a patent owned by another.
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verb (used with object), li·censed, li·cens·ing.
  1. to grant authoritative permission or license to.
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Origin of license

1325–75; Middle English licence < Middle French < Medieval Latin licentia authorization, Latin: freedom, equivalent to licent- (stem of licēns, present participle of licēre to be allowed) + -ia -ia; see -ence
Related formsli·cens·a·ble, adjectiveli·cense·less, adjectiveli·cens·er; especially Law, li·cen·sor, nounde-li·cense, verb (used with object), de-li·censed, de-li·cens·ing.non·li·cens·a·ble, adjectivenon·li·censed, adjectivepre·li·cense, noun, verb (used with object), pre·li·censed, pre·li·cens·ing.re·li·cense, verb (used with object), re·li·censed, re·li·cens·ing.
Can be confusedcertificate degree diploma license
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British Dictionary definitions for licensable

license

verb (tr)
  1. to grant or give a licence for (something, such as the sale of alcohol)
  2. to give permission to or for
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Derived Formslicensable, adjectivelicenser or licensor, noun
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Word Origin and History for licensable

license

see licence. Related: Licensed; licensing.

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