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license

variants: also licence

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to give official or legal power to

  • a state statute licenses county sheriffs to choose their own deputies
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license

variants: or licence

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1 the approval by someone in authority for the doing of something

  • the company is seeking license to operate several more power plants in the state
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2 the granting of power to perform various acts or duties

  • a restaurant owner has to get a license to serve food and drink
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3 the right to act or move freely

  • military commanders on the ground must be granted considerable license, as wars cannot be micromanaged by people back in Washington
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freedom, liberty, license mean the power or condition of acting without compulsion. freedom has a broad range of application from total absence of restraint to merely a sense of not being unduly hampered or frustrated.
    • freedom of the press
liberty suggests release from former restraint or compulsion.
    • the released prisoner had difficulty adjusting to his new liberty
license implies freedom specially granted or conceded and may connote an abuse of freedom.
    • freedom without responsibility may degenerate into license

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