noun 1. formal permission or leave to do or not to do something.
2. formal permission from a constituted authority to do something, as to carry on some business or profession, to be released from jail for part of one's sentence under specific restrictions, etc.
3. a certificate of such permission; an official permit.
4. Australian History → licence of occupation.
5. freedom of action, speech, thought, etc., permitted or conceded.
6. intentional deviation from rule, convention, or fact, as for the sake of literary or artistic effect: poetic licence.
7. excessive or undue freedom or liberty.
–phrase 9. a licence to print money, an opportunity to become very rich.
10. under licence, subject to the terms of a licence agreement.Also, US, license. [Middle English, from Old French, from Latin licentia]