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  1. legal; lawful; legitimate; permissible.
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Origin of licit

1475–85; < Latin licitus permitted (past participle of licēre); replacing earlier licite < Middle French; see -ite2
Related formslic·it·ly, adverb
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  1. a less common word for lawful
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Derived Formslicitly, adverblicitness, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin licitus permitted, from licēre to be permitted
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Word Origin and History for licit


late 15c., from Middle French licite or directly from Latin licitus "lawful," past participle of licere "be allowed, be lawful" (see licence). Related: Licitly; licitness.

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