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license - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'license' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . License [ n.]
- Authority or liberty given to do or forbear any act; especially, a formal permission from the proper authorities to perform certain acts or to carry on a certain business, which without such permission would be illegal; a grant of permission; as, a license to preach, to practice medicine, to sell gunpowder or intoxicating liquors.
- The document granting such permission.
- Excess of liberty; freedom abused, or used in contempt of law or decorum; disregard of law or propriety.
- That deviation from strict fact, form, or rule, in which an artist or writer indulges, assuming that it will be permitted for the sake of the advantage or effect gained; as, poetic license; grammatical license, etc.
2 . License [ v. t.]
- To permit or authorize by license; to give license to; as, to license a man to preach.

Meaning of 'license' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . license [ n]
Meaning (1):
- excessive freedom; lack of due restraint
Example in sentence:
  • the intolerable license with which the newspapers break...the rules of decorum;
  • when liberty becomes license dictatorship is near
2 . license [ v]
Meaning (2):
- authorize officially
Example in sentence:
  • I am licensed to practice law in this state