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licit

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adjective lic·it \ˈli-sət\

Definition of licit

  1. :  conforming to the requirements of the law :  not forbidden by law :  permissible

lic·it·ly adverb


Examples of licit

  1. <law enforcement agencies are demanding stricter regulation of the sale of licit medications that can later be used in the home manufacture of illicit drugs>



Origin of licit

Middle French licite, from Latin licitus, from past participle of licēre to be permitted — more at license


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of licit

lawful, legal, legitimate, licit mean being in accordance with law. lawful may apply to conformity with law of any sort (as natural, divine, common, or canon) <the lawful sovereign>. legal applies to what is sanctioned by law or in conformity with the law, especially as it is written or administered by the courts <legal residents of the state>. legitimate may apply to a legal right or status but also, in extended use, to a right or status supported by tradition, custom, or accepted standards <a perfectly legitimate question about taxes>. licit applies to a strict conformity to the provisions of the law and applies especially to what is regulated by law <the licit use of drugs by doctors>.


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