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  1. sexually unrestrained; lascivious; libertine; lewd.
  2. unrestrained by law or general morality; lawless; immoral.
  3. 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
Related formsli·cen·tious·ly, adverbli·cen·tious·ness, nounnon·li·cen·tious, adjectivenon·li·cen·tious·ly, adverbnon·li·cen·tious·ness, nouno·ver·li·cen·tious, adjectiveo·ver·li·cen·tious·ly, adverbo·ver·li·cen·tious·ness, nounun·li·cen·tious, adjectiveun·li·cen·tious·ly, adverbun·li·cen·tious·ness, noun
Can be confusedlascivious licentious

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Antonyms for licentious

2. lawful.
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British Dictionary definitions for licentiousness


  1. sexually unrestrained or promiscuous
  2. rare showing disregard for convention
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Derived Formslicentiously, adverblicentiousness, noun

Word Origin for licentious

C16: from Latin licentiōsus capricious, from licentia licence
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Word Origin and History for licentiousness



"morally unrestrained," 1530s, from Medieval Latin licentiosus "full of license, unrestrained," from Latin licentia (see license). Related: Licentiously; licentiousness.

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