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  1. A legal document giving official permission to do something, a permit.
  2. Freedom to deviate deliberately from normally applicable rules or practices (especially in behavior or speech)
  3. Excessive freedom; lack of due restraint.


From Old French licence, from Latin licentia (“license”), from licens, present participle of licere (“to be allowed, be allowable”); compare linquere, Ancient Greek λείπω (leípō, “leave”).

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