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English

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Alternative spellings

  • (Commonwealth English) licence (noun only)

Usage notes

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.

Etymology

From Old French licence, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] licentia.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
license

Plural
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license ({{{1}}})
  1. A legal document giving official permission to do something, a permit.
  2. 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.
  3. Freedom to deviate deliberately from normally applicable rules or practices (especially in behavior or speech).
  4. Excessive freedom; lack of due restraint.
    (A date for this quote is being sought): When liberty becomes license dictatorship is near, Will Durant
  5. An academic degree, the holder of which is called a licentiate, ranking slightly below doctorate, awarded by certain European and South American universities.

Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to license

Third person singular
licens

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to license (third-person singular simple present licens, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. The act of giving a formal (usually written) authorization.
    It was decided to license Wikipedia under the GFDL.
  2. Authorize officially.
    I am licensed to practice law in this state.

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