June 22, 2008

Definition of the (English) word “LICENSE” Merriam Webster online

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Main Entry: 1li·cense

Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French licence, from Latin licentia, from licent-, licens, present participle of licēre 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