- 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 of licenseOld French from Classical Latin licentia from licens, present participle of licere, to be permitted: see leisure
transitive verb-·censed, -·cens·ing