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Noun: licence  lI-sun(t)s
Usage: Brit, Cdn (US: license)
  1. (law) a legal document giving official permission to do something
    - license [N. Amer], permit
  2. Freedom to deviate deliberately from normally applicable rules or practices (especially in behaviour or speech)
    - license [N. Amer]
  3. Excessive freedom; lack of due restraint
    "when liberty becomes licence dictatorship is near"; "the intolerable licence with which the newspapers break...the rules of decorum";
    - license [N. Amer]
  4. The act of giving a formal (usually written) authorization
    - license [N. Amer], permission, permit
Verb: licence  lI-sun(t)s
Usage: Brit, Cdn (US: license)
  1. Authorize officially
    "I am licenced to practice law in this state";
    - license, certify

Derived forms: licencing, licences, licenced

Type of: authorisation [Brit], authorise [Brit], authorization, authorize, clear, empowerment, instrument, legal document, legal instrument, liberty, official document, pass

Antonym: derecognise [Brit]

Encyclopedia: Licence