formal permission from a governmental or other constituted authority to do something, as to carry on some business or profession.
a certificate, tag, plate, etc., giving proof of such permission; official permit: a driver's license.
permission to do or not to do something.
intentional deviation from rule, convention, or fact, as for the sake of literary or artistic effect: poetic license.
exceptional freedom allowed in a special situation.
excessive or undue freedom or liberty
the legal right to use a patent owned by another.
verb (used with object)
to grant authoritative permission or license to.
Origin: 1325–75; Middle English licence Related forms
< Middle French
< Medieval Latin licentia
freedom, equivalent to licent-
(stem of licēns,
present participle of licēre
to be allowed) + -ia -ia
; see -ence
licenser; especially Law, licensor, noun
de-license, verb (used with object), de-licensed, de-licensing.
prelicense, noun, verb (used with object), prelicensed, prelicensing.
relicense, verb (used with object), relicensed, relicensing.