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licentious

[ lahy-sen-shuhs ]
/ laɪˈsɛn ʃəs /
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adjective
sexually unrestrained; lascivious; libertine; lewd.
unrestrained by law or general morality; lawless; immoral.
going beyond customary or proper bounds or limits; disregarding rules.
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Origin of licentious

First recorded in 1525–35, licentious is from the Latin word licentiōsus “unrestrained”; see license, -ous

OTHER WORDS FROM licentious

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH licentious

lascivious, licentious
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British Dictionary definitions for licentious

licentious
/ (laɪˈsɛnʃəs) /

adjective
sexually unrestrained or promiscuous
rare showing disregard for convention

Derived forms of licentious

licentiously, adverblicentiousness, noun

Word Origin for licentious

C16: from Latin licentiōsus capricious, from licentia licence
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