Word of the Week: License
li·cense | /ˈlīs(ə)ns/
Definition of License
- Documentation giving consent to perform an action or use an item
- Permission given by content creator for freedom of use
- Justification to misbehave or act in an outlandish manner
- Grant authorization to proceed with an action
- Give a permit for a task or activity
Usage of License
- Upon turning 16, Alicia immediately applied for her driver’s license.
- The Fair-Use law gives others the license to commentate on copywritten content.
- Neglecting to assign a supervisor, the employees felt they had the license to revolt.
- The town clerk licensed the use of the community center to the adult rec league.
- The new baseballs have been licensed by the Independent Baseball Association.
Origin of License
The word license was first used as a noun in the 14th century and as a verb in the 15th century. The word is Middle English and is derived from the Anglo-French word licence which means “freedom” or “permission.” The Anglo-French term came from the Latin licentia.
It’s most original meaning was quite literal in that it meant “to formally grant permission for a given activity” such as hunting or getting married. Later during the 15th century, it took on a more figurative meaning such as “excessive allowance” or the idea of acting with no regard to the limitations or confines of the rules.