[ lahy-sen-shuhs ]
/ laɪˈsɛn ʃəs /


sexually unrestrained; lascivious; libertine; lewd.
unrestrained by law or general morality; lawless; immoral.
going beyond customary or proper bounds or limits; disregarding rules.

Origin of licentious

First recorded in 1525–35, licentious is from the Latin word licentiōsus unrestrained. See license, -ous

Related forms

Can be confused

lascivious licentious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for licentious


/ (laɪˈsɛnʃəs) /


sexually unrestrained or promiscuous
rare showing disregard for convention

Derived Forms

licentiously, adverblicentiousness, noun

Word Origin for licentious

C16: from Latin licentiōsus capricious, from licentia licence
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