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license

[lahy-suh ns] /ˈlaɪ səns/
noun
1.
formal permission from a governmental or other constituted authority to do something, as to carry on some business or profession.
2.
a certificate, tag, plate, etc., giving proof of such permission; official permit:
a driver's license.
3.
permission to do or not to do something.
4.
intentional deviation from rule, convention, or fact, as for the sake of literary or artistic effect:
poetic license.
5.
exceptional freedom allowed in a special situation.
6.
excessive or undue freedom or liberty.
8.
the legal right to use a patent owned by another.
verb (used with object), licensed, licensing.
9.
to grant authoritative permission or license to.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English licence < Middle French < Medieval Latin licentia authorization, Latin: freedom, equivalent to licent- (stem of licēns, present participle of licēre to be allowed) + -ia -ia; see -ence
Related forms
licensable, adjective
licenseless, adjective
licenser; especially Law, licensor, noun
de-license, verb (used with object), de-licensed, de-licensing.
nonlicensable, adjective
nonlicensed, adjective
prelicense, noun, verb (used with object), prelicensed, prelicensing.
relicense, verb (used with object), relicensed, relicensing.
Can be confused
certificate, degree, diploma, license.
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British Dictionary definitions for licensing

license

/ˈlaɪsəns/
verb (transitive)
1.
to grant or give a licence for (something, such as the sale of alcohol)
2.
to give permission to or for
Derived Forms
licensable, adjective
licenser, licensor, noun
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Word Origin and History for licensing

license

see licence. Related: Licensed; licensing.

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Encyclopedia Article for licensing

license

in property law, permission to enter or use the property of another. There are three categories of license: bare licenses, contractual licenses, and licenses coupled with an interest. A bare license occurs when a person enters or uses the property of another with the express or implied permission of the owner or under circumstances that would provide a good defense against an action for trespass. For example, a person entering a gas station to ask for directions is a licensee and not a trespasser. Contractual license provides an express or implied permission to enter or use the property in exchange for some consideration. For example, the purchase of a movie ticket allows the ticket holder a license to enter the theatre at a particular time. Licenses that are acquired by contract normally include the right to use property that is protected by patent, copyright, or trademark. A license coupled with an interest arises when a person acquires the right to take possession of property located on someone else's land, as when a lender acquires the right to repossess an automobile that is located on private property after the borrower has defaulted on a loan.

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