- formal permission from a governmental or other constituted authority to do something, as to carry on some business or profession.
- a certificate, tag, plate, etc., giving proof of such permission; official permit: a driver's license.
- permission to do or not to do something.
- intentional deviation from rule, convention, or fact, as for the sake of literary or artistic effect: poetic license.
- exceptional freedom allowed in a special situation.
- excessive or undue freedom or liberty.
- the legal right to use a patent owned by another.
- to grant authoritative permission or license to.
Origin of license
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Examples from the Web for licenser
The way also in which the powers of the licenser are administered is, to say the least, puzzling.Days and Nights in London
J. Ewing Ritchie
In any case, the Licenser found much to object to in "Alasco."
I know nothing of the licenser, but that I have his own hand here for his arrogance; who shall warrant me his judgment?Areopagitica
The Licenser's keenness in scenting a political allusion oftentimes, indeed, entailed upon him much and richly-merited ridicule.
The whole objection to the Licenser is simply that he is under no regulations whatever.
- to grant or give a licence for (something, such as the sale of alcohol)
- to give permission to or for
Word Origin and History for licenser
see licence. Related: Licensed; licensing.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper