- The definition of a license is an official permission to do something or a document, plate or tag showing proof of permission.
- An example of a license is what drivers carry showing they are legally able to drive.
- An example of a license is the document a married couple has saying they are legally married.
license definition by Webster's New World
- a formal permission to do something; esp. authorization by law to do some specified thing: license to marry, practice medicine, hunt, etc.
- a document, printed tag, permit, etc. indicating that such permission has been granted
- freedom to deviate from strict conduct, rule, or practice, generally permitted by common consent: poetic license
- an instance of such deviation
- excessive, undisciplined freedom, constituting an abuse of liberty
Origin: Old French ; from Classical Latin licentia ; from licens, present participle of licere, to be permitted: see leisure
- licensable adjective
license definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. Official or legal permission to do or own a specified thing. See Synonyms at permission.b. A document, plate, or tag that is issued as proof of official or legal permission: a driver's license.
- Deviation from normal rules, practices, or methods in order to achieve a certain end or effect.
- Latitude of action, especially in behavior or speech. See Synonyms at freedom.
- a. Lack of due restraint; excessive freedom: “When liberty becomes license, dictatorship is near” (Will Durant).b. Heedlessness for the precepts of proper behavior; licentiousness.
- To give or yield permission to or for.
- To grant a license to or for; authorize. See Synonyms at authorize.
Origin: Middle English licence, from Old French, from Medieval Latin licentia, authorization, from Latin, freedom, from licēns, licent-, present participle of licēre, to be permitted.
- liˈcens·a·ble adjective
- liˈcens·er, liˌcen·sorˈ noun
license - Business Definition
license - Legal Definition
- The grant by the owner of intangible or intellectual property, such as a trademark or software program, of the rights to make certain uses of the property.
- A permission granted by government to perform an act or service regulated by law (for example, a license to fish or to practice law).
- A right to enter onto land or property and use it, without any ownership rights being conferred.