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license

verb
variants: also

licence

Synonyms and Antonyms of license

  1. to give official or legal power to a state statute licenses county sheriffs to choose their own deputies Synonyms of license accredit, certify, charter [British], commission, empower, enable, invest, authorize (also licence), qualify, vest, warrantWords Related to license approve, clear, credential, endorse (also indorse), OK (or okay), sanction; affirm, confirm, validate; inaugurate, induct, initiate, install, instate, swear in; allow, let, permit; enfranchise, entitle, privilegeNear Antonyms of license ban, bar, block, constrain, deny, disallow, disbar, discourage, disenfranchise, disfranchise, exclude, hinder, hold back, impede, inhibit, obstruct, prevent, shut out, stop; enjoin, forbid, interdict, outlaw, prohibit, proscribe, vetoAntonyms of license disqualify


license

noun
variants: or

licence

Synonyms and Antonyms of license

  1. 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 Synonyms of license allowance, authorization, clearance, concurrence, consent, granting, green light, leave, permission (or licence), sanction, sufferance, warrantWords Related to license imprimatur, seal, signature, stamp; accreditation, certification; liberty, pass; concession, patent, permit; tolerance, toleration; acceptance, acquiescence, agreement, assent, OK (or okay); accord, grantNear Antonyms of license denial, refusal, rejection, revocation; taboo (also tabu); injunction, veto; deterrence, discouragement, repression, suppression; ban, embargo, exclusionAntonyms of license interdiction, prohibition, proscription

  2. 2 the granting of power to perform various acts or duties a restaurant owner has to get a license to serve food and drink Synonyms of license accreditation, authorization, delegation, empowerment, commission (or licence), mandateWords Related to license commendation, consignment, entrustment; facilitation, fostering, promotion; commanding, directing, ordering

  3. 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 Synonyms of license authorization, free hand, latitude, freedom (or licence), runWords Related to license authority, clutch, command, control, dominion, grip, hold, mandate, mastery, power, sway; range, room, space; blank check, carte blanche

Synonym Discussion of license

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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