Licentious meaning

lī-sĕnshəs
Lacking moral restraint, especially in sexual conduct.
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Disregarding accepted rules.
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Lacking restraint, or ignoring societal standards, particularly in sexual conduct.
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Morally unrestrained, esp. in sexual activity; lascivious.
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The definition of licentious is being lacking in willpower or moral discipline, or being promiscuous (prone to random sex) or unwilling to conform to accepted rules.

A woman or man who has indiscriminate sex without regard to the consequences is an example of someone who might be described as licentious.

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(rare) Disregarding accepted rules and standards.
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(archaic) Ignoring accepted rules or standards, as of prescriptive grammar.
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Origin of licentious

  • Latin licentiōsus from licentia freedom, license license

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin licentiōsus, from licentia (“license, freedom")

    From Wiktionary