Definition of License

1. Noun. A legal document giving official permission to do something.




2. Verb. Authorize officially. "I am licensed to practice law in this state"

3. Noun. Freedom to deviate deliberately from normally applicable rules or practices (especially in behavior or speech).
Exact synonyms: Licence
Generic synonyms: Liberty
Specialized synonyms: Poetic License
Derivative terms: Licence

4. Noun. Excessive freedom; lack of due restraint. "The intolerable license with which the newspapers break...the rules of decorum"
Exact synonyms: Licence
Generic synonyms: Liberty
Derivative terms: Licentious

5. Noun. The act of giving a formal (usually written) authorization.
Exact synonyms: Permission, Permit
Generic synonyms: Authorisation, Authorization, Empowerment
Specialized synonyms: Clearance, Conge, Congee, Allowance, Dispensation, Toleration
Derivative terms: Permit, Permit, Permit

Definition of License

1. n. 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.

2. v. t. To permit or authorize by license; to give license to; as, to license a man to preach.

Definition of License

1. Noun. A legal document giving official permission to do something; a permit. ¹

2. Noun. The legal terms under which a person is allowed to use a product, especially software. ¹

3. Noun. Freedom to deviate deliberately from normally applicable rules or practices (especially in behavior or speech). ¹

4. Noun. Excessive freedom; lack of due restraint. ¹

5. Noun. An academic degree, the holder of which is called a licentiate, ranking slightly below doctorate, awarded by certain European and Latin-American universities. ¹

6. Verb. The act of giving a formal (usually written) authorization. ¹

7. Verb. Authorize officially. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of License

1. to issue or grant authoritative permission to [v -CENSED, -CENSING, -CENSES]

Medical Definition of License

1. 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. "To have a license and a leave at London to dwell." (P. Plowman) 2. The document granting such permission. 3. Excess of liberty; freedom abused, or used in contempt of law or decorum; disregard of law or propriety. "License they mean when they cry liberty." (Milton) 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. Synonym: Leave, liberty, permission. Origin: 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. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of License

licecides
licence
licence to crenellate
licence to print money
licenced
licenced victualler
licenced victuallers
licencee
licencees
licenceless
licencer
licencers
licences
licencing
licensable
license (current term)
license fee
license number
license plate
license plates
license tax
license to print money
licensed
licensed game
licensed practical nurse
licensed vocational nurse
licensee
licensees
licenser
licensers

Literary usage of License

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"A record, of the subsequent license to the administrator to sell the same property and Its second purchase by the defendant, was properly excluded. [No. ..."

2. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1903)
"It denied that it was subject to any license for the prosecution of either business, notwithstanding the provisions of the statute referred to; that, ..."

3. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1920)
"An unexecuted license is always revocable, even though money may have been ... A license carried into execution merely justifies the acts done under it up ..."

4. Commentaries on American Law by James Kent, John Melville Gould, Oliver Wendell Holmes (1901)
"So in Alabama, no person can keep a public inn without a license, though spirituous ... In Pennsylvania, a license to keep a tavern or inn, would seem, ..."

5. United States Supreme Court Reports by United States Supreme Court, Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1911)
"That the said acts were, in form, substance, and legal effect, a grant, and not a license. They then commented on the acts, and cited the following ..."

6. Biennial Report (1904)
"U. of Louisville; graduated March 2, 1892, license issued September 29, 1904. ... Kansas City; graduated March 22, 1900; license issued September 18, 1903. ..."

7. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1895)
"If the book is published in the country of origin only the owner may register at Ottawa at any time, until a license has been applied for. ..."

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