Roman women liked Plato's Republic for the licence they wrongly supposed it gave.
But if we grant all this licence, what can it effect after all?
If any desire to visit another city, the prince giveth letters of licence.
Sir John desires to obtain a licence to build at the mouth of the Fal.
There is no land tax, and licence or business taxes are levied by the municipalities for local purposes.
To do us credit, we availed ourselves of his licence to the uttermost.
On some profitable beats, the licence fee was fifty cents per night.
I said I thought he would be by a licence and on registration.
I asked him if he would accept a situation as chauffeur, and whether he could show me his licence.
The hurtful influence of this season of licence can be conceived.
mid-14c., "liberty (to do something), leave," from Old French licence "freedom, liberty, power, possibility; permission," (12c.), from Latin licentia "freedom, liberty, license," from licentem (nominative licens). present participle of licere "to be allowed, be lawful," from PIE root *leik- "to offer, bargain" (cf. Lettish likstu "I come to terms"). Meaning "formal (usually written) permission from authority to do something" (marry, hunt, drive, etc.) is first attested early 15c. Meaning "excessive liberty, disregard of propriety" is from mid-15c. No etymological justification for the spelling with -s-; attempts to confine license to verbal use and licence to noun use (cf. advise/advice, devise/device) seem to have failed.
c.1400, "grant formal authorization," from license (n.). Related: Licenced; Licencing.