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NOUN (3)

1. excessive freedom; lack of due restraint;
- Example: "when liberty becomes license dictatorship is near"- Will Durant
- Example: "the intolerable license with which the newspapers break...the rules of decorum"- Edmund Burke
[syn: license, licence]

2. freedom to deviate deliberately from normally applicable rules or practices (especially in behavior or speech);
[syn: license, licence]

3. a legal document giving official permission to do something;
[syn: license, licence, permit]

VERB (1)

1. authorize officially;
- Example: "I am licensed to practice law in this state"
[syn: license, licence, certify]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

licence \licence\ (l[imac]"sens), licenced \licenced\, licencee \licencee\ Same as license, licensed, licensee. [WordNet 1.5]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

License \Li"cense\ (l[imac]"sens), n. [Written also licence.] [F. licence, L. licentia, fr. licere to be permitted, prob. orig., to be left free to one; akin to linquere to leave. See Loan, and cf. Illicit, Leisure.] 1. Authority or liberty given to do or forbear any act; especially, a formal permission from the proper authorities to perform certain acts or to carry on a certain business, which without such permission would be illegal; a grant of permission; as, a license to preach, to practice medicine, to sell gunpowder or intoxicating liquors. [1913 Webster] To have a license and a leave at London to dwell. --P. Plowman. [1913 Webster] 2. The document granting such permission. --Addison. [1913 Webster] 3. Excess of liberty; freedom abused, or used in contempt of law or decorum; disregard of law or propriety. [1913 Webster] License they mean when they cry liberty. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 4. That deviation from strict fact, form, or rule, in which an artist or writer indulges, assuming that it will be permitted for the sake of the advantage or effect gained; as, poetic license; grammatical license, etc. [1913 Webster] Syn: Leave; liberty; permission. [1913 Webster]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

23 Moby Thesaurus words for "licence": authority, authorization, carte blanche, certificate, charter, credentials, departure, deviation, dispensation, disregard, divergence, entitlement, free choice, freedom, latitude, leave, liberty, nonconformity, papers, permission, permit, privilege, right