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licence

[lahy-suh ns] /ˈlaɪ səns/
noun, verb (used with object), licenced, licencing.
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British Dictionary definitions for licenced

licence

/ˈlaɪsəns/
noun
1.
a certificate, tag, document, etc, giving official permission to do something
2.
formal permission or exemption
3.
liberty of action or thought; freedom
4.
intentional disregard of or deviation from conventional rules to achieve a certain effect poetic licence
5.
excessive freedom
6.
licentiousness
Word Origin
C14: via Old French and Medieval Latin licentia permission, from Latin: freedom, from licet it is allowed
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Word Origin and History for licenced
licence
mid-14c., "liberty (to do something), leave," from from Fr. licence, from L. licentia "freedom, liberty, license," from licentem (nom. licens). prp. of licere "to be allowed, be lawful," from PIE base *leik- "to offer, bargain." 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. The verb is first attested late 14c. 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. Related: Licensed; licensing.
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