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Definition of License

License

  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 liquors.
  2. The document granting such permission.
  3. Excess of liberty; freedom abused, or used in contempt of law or decorum; disregard of law or propriety.
  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.
  5. To permit or authorize by license; to give license to; as, to license a man to preach.

License Quotations

Liberty is the right to do what I like; license, the right to do what you like.
Bertrand Russell

When liberty becomes license, dictatorship is near.
Will Durant

The law exists for a reason. There is a dominant American culture that people used to want to preserve. That's going by the wayside, too. But if it's now okay for an illegal alien to practice law in California, then can anybody else who's broken the law get a law license? And if not, why not?
Rush Limbaugh

Like, I took no poetic license with 'Schindler's List' because that was historical, factual documents.
Steven Spielberg

American youth attributes much more importance to arriving at driver's license age than at voting age.
Marshall McLuhan
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License Translations

license in French is licence
license in Italian is permettere, licensa
license in Latin is licentia
license in Spanish is licencia

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