Meaning of LICENSE in English


Variant: or li · cence

Pronunciation: ' l ī -s ə n(t)s

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French licence, from Latin licentia, from licent-, licens, present participle of lic ē re to be permitted

Date: 14th century

1 a : permission to act b : freedom of action

2 a : a permission granted by competent authority to engage in a business or occupation or in an activity otherwise unlawful b : a document, plate, or tag evidencing a license granted c : a grant by the holder of a copyright or patent to another of any of the rights embodied in the copyright or patent short of an assignment of all rights

3 a : freedom that allows or is used with irresponsibility b : disregard for standards of personal conduct : LICENTIOUSNESS

4 : deviation from fact, form, or rule by an artist or writer for the sake of the effect gained

synonyms see FREEDOM

– licensed adjective

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.