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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  License  \Li"cense\  (l[imac]"sens),  n.  [Written  also  {licence}.] 
  [F.  licence,  L.  licentia  fr  licere  to  be  permitted,  prob. 
  orig.,  to  be  left  free  to  one  akin  to  linquere  to  leave  See 
  {Loan},  and  cf  {Illicit},  {Leisure}.] 
  1.  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 
  To  have  a  license  and  a  leave  at  London  to  dwell. 
  --P.  Plowman. 
  2.  The  document  granting  such  permission.  --Addison. 
  3.  Excess  of  liberty;  freedom  abused,  or  used  in  contempt  of 
  law  or  decorum;  disregard  of  law  or  propriety. 
  License  they  mean  when  they  cry  liberty.  --Milton. 
  4.  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 
  Syn:  Leave  liberty;  permission. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  freedom  to  deviate  deliberately  from  normally  applicable 
  rules  or  practices  (especially  in  behavior  or  speech) 
  [syn:  {license}] 
  v  :  authorize  officially  [syn:  {license},  {certify}]  [ant:  {decertify}] 

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