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 for licence
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  licence \licence\ (l[imac]"sens), licenced \licenced\, licencee
     Same as license, licensed, licensee.
     [WordNet 1.5]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  License \Li"cense\ (l[imac]"sens), n. [Written also licence.]
     [F. licence, L. licentia, fr. licere to be permitted, prob.
     orig., to be left free to one; akin to linquere to leave. See
     Loan, and cf. Illicit, Leisure.]
     1. Authority or liberty given to do or forbear any act;
        especially, a formal permission from the proper
        authorities to perform certain acts or to carry on a
        certain business, which without such permission would be
        illegal; a grant of permission; as, a license to preach,
        to practice medicine, to sell gunpowder or intoxicating
        [1913 Webster]
              To have a license and a leave at London to dwell.
                                                    --P. Plowman.
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     2. The document granting such permission. --Addison.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. Excess of liberty; freedom abused, or used in contempt of
        law or decorum; disregard of law or propriety.
        [1913 Webster]
              License they mean when they cry liberty. --Milton.
        [1913 Webster]
     4. That deviation from strict fact, form, or rule, in which
        an artist or writer indulges, assuming that it will be
        permitted for the sake of the advantage or effect gained;
        as, poetic license; grammatical license, etc.
        [1913 Webster]
     Syn: Leave; liberty; permission.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: 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 [syn: license, licence]
      2: freedom to deviate deliberately from normally applicable
         rules or practices (especially in behavior or speech) [syn:
         license, licence]
      3: a legal document giving official permission to do something
         [syn: license, licence, permit]
      v 1: authorize officially; "I am licensed to practice law in
           this state" [syn: license, licence, certify] [ant:
           decertify, derecognise, derecognize]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  23 Moby Thesaurus words for "licence":
     authority, authorization, carte blanche, certificate, charter,
     credentials, departure, deviation, dispensation, disregard,
     divergence, entitlement, free choice, freedom, latitude, leave,
     liberty, nonconformity, papers, permission, permit, privilege,

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