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Definitions of license

  1. provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes; " His high fever attested to his illness"; " The buildings in Rome manifest a high level of architectural sophistication"; " This decision demonstrates his sense of fairness"
  2. a legal document giving official permission to do something
  3. freedom to deviate deliberately from normally applicable rules or practices ( especially in behavior or speech)
  4. excessive freedom; lack of due restraint; " when liberty becomes license dictatorship is near"- Will Durant; " the intolerable license with which the newspapers break... the rules of decorum"- Edmund Burke
  5. 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.
  6. Excess of liberty; freedom abused, or used in contempt of law or decorum; disregard of law or propriety.
  7. 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.
  8. To permit or authorize by license; to give license to; as, to license a man to preach.
  9. Authority to act at discretion; permission; leave; unrestrained liberty; legal permission; as, an automobile license; permitted variation from a rule; as, poetic license.
  10. Grant permission by law. Also, licence.
  11. To grant license to: to authorize or permit.
  12. Leave; grant of permission; abuse of freedom.
  13. To grant license to; permit.
  14. To authorize; permit.
  15. Authority granted to do ro omit an act; also, unrestrained or unwarrantable liberty of actlon.
  16. Leave; permission; a certificate giving permission; excess or abuse of liberty.
  17. To permit by grant of authority; to authorise.
  18. Leave; permission; authority; excess; contempt of law or of necessary restraint; permission to sell excisable articles, or to keep a house for the sale of malt liquors and spirits.
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Usage examples for license

  1. " Yes, your Honors," replied the assistant; " this paper seems to be a license." – Courts and Criminals by Arthur Train
  2. It went too blamed fast fer me to git mor'n a right good look, but I did gee that it was full o' men an' the tail- light was bu'sted an' they wa'n't no license on it." – 32 Caliber by Donald McGibeny
  3. Did this Mr. Moriarty or the folks around get the license number of the auto? – Cap'n Warren's Wards by Joseph C. Lincoln
  4. You were at the time selling lemonade without license and with very little lemon. – Arms and the Woman by Harold MacGrath
  5. I never knew what that phrase meant till then; it always struck me as a sort of author's license. – Men, Women and Guns by H. C. (Herman Cyril) McNeile
  6. Please, we all must allow for a certain element of poetic license in our myths. – The Samurai Strategy by Thomas Hoover
  7. Hadn't no more license to be skylarkin' 'round after Justine Van 'n he had after Queen Willimeny. – The Sherrods by George Barr McCutcheon
  8. " Breakfast and a license and-" " You know it!" – The Wrong Twin by Harry Leon Wilson
  9. You'll have to apply for a license, remember. – The Luckiest Girl in the School by Angela Brazil
  10. You perceive by this license the entire confidence which I place in your discretion. – Memoirs of Aaron Burr, Complete by Matthew L. Davis
  11. The city claimed, however, that Cerberus was more than that, and endeavored to collect on three dogs- one license for each head. – The Enchanted Typewriter by John Kendrick Bangs
  12. I would offer you mine, except that you have no local license. – The Egyptian Cat Mystery by Harold Leland Goodwin
  13. This is a sort of poetic license, as is suggested in the 16th Observation upon the Cases of Nouns, in the Etymology. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  14. Its only operation was to stop a boat owned in New York, which had been for several years running to New Brunswick, under a license from Messrs. – Inventors by Philip Gengembre Hubert
  15. There is no marriage license which gives the right to constant harping upon one another's faults. – The Etiquette of To-day by Edith B. Ordway
  16. Corporations engaged in interstate commerce should be regulated if they are found to exercise a license working to the public injury. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
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