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Definition of "licence" []

  • Chiefly British Variant of license. (noun)
  • A certificate, tag, document, etc, giving official permission to do something (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Formal permission or exemption (noun)
  • Liberty of action or thought; freedom (noun)
  • Intentional disregard of or deviation from conventional rules to achieve a certain effect (noun)
  • Excessive freedom (noun)
  • Licentiousness (noun)

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Use "licence" in a sentence
  • "• An unlicensed use of the word licence resulted in a flawed headline above a column on the Comment pages yesterday Ignoring its imperial history licences the west to repeat it, 7 April, page 35."
  • "The Minister of Railways; Ben Schoeman, attacking what he called the licence of the Press during the 1961 session of Parliament, called Sunday"
  • "What I didn't like so much was the hunting about of the poor devils that had not got what they called a licence -- a printed thing giving 'em leave for to dig gold on the Crown lands."