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Dictionary definition for: License

1. (n) a legal document giving official permission to do something

2. (v) authorize officially; "I am licensed to practice law in this state"

3. (n) freedom to deviate deliberately from normally applicable rules or practices (especially in behavior or speech)

4. (n) excessive freedom; lack of due restraint; "when liberty becomes license dictatorship is near"- Will Durant; "the intolerable license with which the newspapers break...the rules of decorum"- Edmund Burke

5. (n) the act of giving a formal (usually written) authorization

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