li·​cen·​ti·​ate | \ lī-ˈsen(t)-shē-ət How to pronounce licentiate (audio) , especially in sense 2 li-\

Definition of licentiate

1 : a person who has a license granted especially by a university to practice a profession
2 : an academic degree ranking below that of doctor given by some European universities

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He was ordained as a priest for the diocese of San Diego in 1953, his third year of study, and received his licentiate in sacred theology the following year before taking up duties as an associate pastor in St. George’s Parish in Ontario, Calif. William Grimes, New York Times, "John R. Quinn, Archbishop and Liberal Voice in Church, Dies at 88," 6 July 2017 After high school, Bishop Newman earned a bachelor's degree from St. Mary's Seminary in 1950 and a licentiate of sacred theology from The Catholic University in 1954. Tim Prudente,, "Longtime Baltimore auxiliary Bishop William Newman dies," 21 May 2017

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First Known Use of licentiate

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for licentiate

Medieval Latin licentiatus, from past participle of licentiare to allow, from Latin licentia

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Medical Definition of licentiate

: a person who has a license to practice a profession

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