legal; lawful; legitimate; permissible.

Origin of licit

1475–85; < Latin licitus permitted (past participle of licēre); replacing earlier licite < Middle French; see -ite2
Related formslic·it·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for licit

authorized, lawful, licensed, permissible, sanctioned

Examples from the Web for licit

Contemporary Examples of licit

  • Basically, you put the Band of Brothers first: your natural desires a distant second (gay or straight, licit or illicit).

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    Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Not Now

    Ken Allard

    February 3, 2010

Historical Examples of licit

British Dictionary definitions for licit



a less common word for lawful
Derived Formslicitly, adverblicitness, noun

Word Origin for licit

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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