li·​cen·​sure | \ˈlī-sᵊn-shər, -ˌshu̇r\

Definition of licensure 

: the granting of licenses especially to practice a profession also : the state of being licensed

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Patients at 25 Again must enroll for one year, at a cost of $2,388, which does not include lab tests, Bates testified at a four-day licensure board hearing in January. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "'25 Again' doctor’s license on the line in attack on hormone therapy," 14 June 2018 Mount Wachusetts officials said that 93 percent of students in the program passed their Registered Nurse licensure exam in 2017. John Laidler,, "Quincy College students can complete nursing degrees at Devens," 11 July 2018 The health agency’s licensure of Nature’s Way could shrink the number of available licenses, because six of the 10 licenses authorized under the 2017 law have already been doled out. Dara Kam,, "Judge urges state to grant medical-marijuana license to South Florida nursery," 18 June 2018 The school system could also seek a waiver from the licensure rules. James Vaznis,, "Interim schools chief ready to make ‘important moves’," 29 June 2018 While that statistic is encouraging, nonwhite architecture professionals are 25 percent more likely to stop pursuing licensure. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Diversity in architecture is improving—sort of," 25 June 2018 The hope is that one day this vaccine, which is methodically making its way towards licensure, could be given to health workers throughout Africa’s Ebola zone. Helen Branswell, STAT, "Ebola outbreak opens way to chaotic jockeying to test experimental drugs," 30 May 2018 Merck donated thousands of doses to WHO and anticipates filing for licensure and approval by regulatory agencies next year, said Pam Eisele, a company spokeswoman. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Ebola 101: Answers to your questions about causes, symptoms, transmission and treatments," 25 May 2018 Forty-five percent of new Architectural Experience Program participants—an important early-career milestone on the path to licensure—identify as nonwhite. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Diversity in architecture is improving—sort of," 25 June 2018

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circa 1846, in the meaning defined above

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li·​cen·​sure | \ˈlīs-ᵊn-shər, -ˌshu̇r \

Medical Definition of licensure 

1 : the state or condition of having a license granted by official or legal authority to perform medical acts and procedures not permitted by persons without such a license applicant must have RN licensure also : the granting of such licenses a state board of medical licensure

2 : approval of a drug or medical procedure by official or legal authority for use in the practice of medicine the licensure was based on the results of randomized clinical trials of the vaccine's protective efficacy— E. D. Shapiro et al


li·​cen·​sure | \ˈlīs-ᵊn-shər, -ˌshu̇r \

Legal Definition of licensure 

: the granting of licenses especially to practice a profession also : the state of being licensed

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