Definition of license :
1. 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.
2. Excess of liberty; freedom abused, or used in contempt of law or decorum; disregard of law or propriety.
3. 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.
4. The document granting such permission.
5. To permit or authorize by license; to give license to; as, to license a man to preach.
excess, approbation, licence, gall, dissoluteness, independence, qualify, boldness, lawlessness, licentiousness, restraint, forwardness, attest, OK, self-indulgence, brass, unrestraint, manifest, indorse, prodigality, audacity, wantonness, evidence, sensuality, endorsement, sauciness, epicureanism, law, arrogance, temerity, allowance, indulgence, endorse, gluttony, profligacy, leave, complacency, refractoriness, unruliness, accredit, debauchery, libertinism, effrontery, demonstrate, grant, presumptuousness, dissolution
authorize (part of speech: verb)
commission, enfranchise, designate, consent, affirm, empower, denominate, confirm, authorize, authenticate, sanction, notarize, enable, warrant, approve, bless, countersign, certify, entitle, validate, ordain, assent, agree, deputize
authority (part of speech: noun)
mandate, clout, force, mastery, influence, stature, right, charge, superiority, sovereignty, kingship, sway, steam, purview, power, cogency, prestige, strength, title, authority, control, powerfulness, might, punch, primacy, mightiness, potency, command, prepotency, domination, credential, precedence, seniority, rank, prerogative, birthright, office, puissance, faculty
permit (part of speech: verb)
dismiss (part of speech: verb)
freedom (part of speech: noun)
dismissal (part of speech: noun)
authorization (part of speech: noun)
enable (part of speech: verb)
consign (part of speech: verb)
slackness (part of speech: noun)
- But the license of age has its limit; thou diest at last. - "Browning and the Dramatic Monologue", S. S. Curry.
- In any case, they are supposed to have a license, which costs fifty cents per year. - "Commercialized Prostitution in New York City", George Jackson Kneeland.
- If you are going to take pictures, get out your license at wanst. - "Ralph Granger's Fortunes", William Perry Brown.