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

Derived forms: licenses, licensing, licensed

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

Encyclopedia: License