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license

noun li·cense \ˈlī-sən(t)s\

Simple Definition of license

  • : an official document, card, etc., that gives you permission to do, use, or have something

  • : freedom to act however you want to

  • : the freedom of an artist, writer, etc., to change the way something is described or shown in order to produce a work of art

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of license

  1. 1 a :  permission to act b :  freedom of action

  2. 2 a :  a permission granted by competent authority to engage in a business or occupation or in an activity otherwise unlawful b :  a document, plate, or tag evidencing a license granted c :  a grant by the holder of a copyright or patent to another of any of the rights embodied in the copyright or patent short of an assignment of all rights

  3. 3 a :  freedom that allows or is used with irresponsibility b :  disregard for standards of personal conduct :  licentiousness

  4. 4 :  deviation from fact, form, or rule by an artist or writer for the sake of the effect gained

licensed

adjective

Examples of license in a sentence

  1. The restaurant's owner applied for a license to sell liquor.

  2. His job as a reporter gives him license to go anywhere and ask anything.



The Shared Roots of license and licentious

License and licentious come ultimately from the same word in Latin, licentia, whose meanings ranged from "freedom to act" to "unruly behavior, wantonness." The Latin noun was itself derived from the verb licere "to be permitted." Though we are likely to associate license with the card that grants freedom or permission to operate a motor vehicle and licentious with sexual wantonness, in actuality, there is considerable semantic overlap between the two words. Poetic license refers to deviation from a (usually) literary norm for some purposeful effect. A person who takes license with something (or someone) engages in "abusive disregard for rules of personal conduct." Hence, the semantic range of license in English mirrors that of its Latin antecedent, suggesting either permission or transgression, depending upon the context. Licentious, on the other hand, always implies excessive, transgressive freedom, as is true of its immediate Latin source, licentiosus "unrestrained, wanton" (literally, "full of freedom").

Variants of license

or

licence

play \ˈlī-sən(t)s\

Origin and Etymology of license

Middle English, from Anglo-French licence, from Latin licentia, from licent-, licens, present participle of licēre to be permitted


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of license

freedom, liberty, license mean the power or condition of acting without compulsion. freedom has a broad range of application from total absence of restraint to merely a sense of not being unduly hampered or frustrated <freedom of the press>. liberty suggests release from former restraint or compulsion <the released prisoner had difficulty adjusting to his new liberty>. license implies freedom specially granted or conceded and may connote an abuse of freedom <freedom without responsibility may degenerate into license>.

2

license

verb li·cense

Simple Definition of license

  • : to give official permission to (someone or something) to do or use something : to give a license to (someone or something)

  • : to give official permission for (something)

  • : to allow the use of (a name, property, etc.) through a formal agreement

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of license

licensed

also

licenced

licensing

also

licencing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to issue a license to b :  to permit or authorize especially by formal license

  3. 2 :  to give permission or consent to :  allow

licensable

play \-sən(t)-sə-bəl\ adjective

licensor

play \-sər, ˌli-sən-ˈsȯr\ also

licenser

\-sər\ noun

Examples of license in a sentence

  1. The restaurant has now been licensed to sell liquor.

  2. a new drug licensed by the government

  3. The company licensed its name to others.



15th Century

First Known Use of license

15th century

Variants of license

also

licence



LICENSE Defined for Kids

1

license

play
noun li·cense \ˈlī-səns\

Definition of license for Students

  1. 1 :  permission to do something granted especially by qualified authority <a license to sell food>

  2. 2 :  a paper, card, or tag showing legal permission <a driver's license>

  3. 3 :  freedom of action that is carried too far <Bitterly did she repent the license she had given her imagination. — Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables>



Variants of license

or

licence

\ˈlī-səns\

2

license

play
verb li·cense

Definition of license for Students

licensed

also

licenced

licensing

also

licencing

  1. :  to grant formal permission



Variants of license

also

licence


Medical Dictionary

license

noun li·cense

Medical Definition of license

  1. :  a permission granted by competent authority to engage in a business or occupation or in an activity otherwise unlawful <a license to practice medicine>

license

or chiefly British

licence

transitive verb

licensed

or chiefly British

licenced

;

licensing

or chiefly British

licencing



Variants of license

or chiefly British

licence

\ˈlīs-ən(t)s\play

Law Dictionary

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license

noun li·cense \ˈlīs-əns\

Legal Definition of license

  1. 1a :  a right or permission granted by a competent authority (as of a government or a business) to engage in some business or occupation, do some act, or engage in some transaction which would be unlawful without such right or permission; also :  a document, plate, or tag evidencing a license granted b :  revocable authority or permission given solely to one having no possessory rights in a tract of land to do something on that land which would otherwise be unlawful or a trespass — compare easement, lease c :  a grant by the holder of a copyright or patent to another of any of the rights embodied in the copyright or patent short of an assignment of all rights

  2. 2 :  a defense (as to trespass) that one's act was in accordance with a license granted

  3. 3a :  freedom that allows or is used with irresponsibility b :  disregard for standards of personal conduct :  licentiousness



Origin and Etymology of license

Anglo-French, literally, permission, from Old French, from Latin licentia, from licent- licens, present participle of licēre to be permitted, be for sale


2

license

transitive verb li·cense

Legal Definition of license

licensed

licensing

  1. 1 :  to issue a license to

  2. 2 :  to permit or authorize by a license





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