Definition of licit
: conforming to the requirements of the law : not forbidden by law : permissible
Examples of licit in a sentence
<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>
Did You Know?
Licit is far less common than its antonym illicit, but you probably won’t be surprised to learn that the former is the older of the two. Not by much, though: the first known use of licit in print is from 1483, whereas illicit shows up in print for the first time in 1506. For some reason illicit took off while licit just plodded along. When licit appears these days it often modifies "drugs" or crops. Meanwhile, illicit shows up before words like "thrill" and "passion" (as well as "gambling," "relationship," "activities," and, of course, "drugs" and "crops.") The Latin word licitus, meaning "lawful," is the root of the pair; licitus itself is from licēre, meaning "to be permitted."
Origin and Etymology 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
Legal Definition of licit
: conforming to the requirements of the law : not forbidden by law
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