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[lis-it] /ˈlɪs ɪt/
legal; lawful; legitimate; permissible.
Origin of licit
1475-85; < Latin licitus permitted (past participle of licēre); replacing earlier licite < Middle French; see -ite2
Related forms
licitly, adverb Unabridged
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  • These are two adults using a legal product in a licit area.
  • Losses would then be a licit investment in future profits.
  • Another option under discussion is to stimulate licit agriculture, perhaps by guaranteeing prices for non-poppy crops.
  • By licit means or illicit, there are going to be more nations with nuclear weapons.
  • The rave culture also entails the use of a range of licit and illicit drugs.
British Dictionary definitions for licit


a less common word for lawful
Derived Forms
licitly, adverb
licitness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin licitus permitted, from licēre to be permitted
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Word Origin and History for licit

late 15c., from Middle French licite or directly from Latin licitus "lawful," past participle of licere "be allowed, be lawful" (see licence). Related: Licitly; licitness.

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