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- (Commonwealth English) licence (noun only)
In British and Australian English, licence is a noun and license is a verb. Canadian English uses licence for the noun and license or licence for the verb.
- A legal document giving official permission to do something, a permit.
- The legal terms under which a person is allowed to use a product, especially software.
- Even if you bought this product, it does NOT belong to you. You have a license to use it under the terms of this agreement, until you breach this agreement.
- Freedom to deviate deliberately from normally applicable rules or practices (especially in behavior or speech).
- Excessive freedom; lack of due restraint.
- (A date for this quote is being sought): When liberty becomes license dictatorship is near, Will Durant
- An academic degree, the holder of which is called a licentiate, ranking slightly below doctorate, awarded by certain European and South American universities.
Third person singular
- The act of giving a formal (usually written) authorization.
- It was decided to license Wikipedia under the GFDL.
- Authorize officially.
- I am licensed to practice law in this state.
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