li·​cen·​sure | \ ˈlī-sᵊn-shər How to pronounce licensure (audio) , -ˌshu̇r \

Definition of licensure

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

Examples of licensure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In response to the latest recommendations, Titone brought forward another proposal to revive licensure in the most recent legislative session. Brittany Freeman, ProPublica, 30 Aug. 2022 Instead, the role requires a licensure that is granted by the state through passing certain tests to become licensed in that area of teaching. Kyla Guilfoil, ABC News, 29 Aug. 2022 Instead, nursing schools with at least an 80% average rate of students who pass the annual licensure exam could increase enrollment. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, 15 Feb. 2022 The board said its proposal would allow a building principal to move a limited number of nontenured teachers within their school building to an open position within their licensure area. Alexis Oatman, cleveland, 21 Jan. 2022 State licensing boards also have different requirements for the amount of independent practice and supervision that is required for licensure. Lisa Ward, WSJ, 14 Aug. 2022 Complaints over illegitimate massage businesses acting as fronts for prostitution led to a push for statewide licensure. Anne Ryman, The Arizona Republic, 11 Aug. 2022 In Ohio, massage therapy is regulated by the State Medical Board, which requires an exam for licensure. cleveland, 17 July 2022 Should all those be found suitable and receive a license that would preclude any other applicants from licensure in the particular county, but Western church, Tony George, who had to pay a $20,000 application fee. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 20 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of licensure

circa 1846, in the meaning defined above

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22 Sep 2022

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“Licensure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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li·​cen·​sure | \ ˈlīs-ᵊn-shər, -ˌshu̇r How to pronounce licensure (audio) \

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 How to pronounce licensure (audio) \

Legal Definition of licensure

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


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