letters patent

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letters patent

pl.n.
A document granting a patent for an invention.

letters patent

pl n
(Law) See patent6

let′ters pat′ent


n.pl.
an instrument issued by a government conferring a right upon a patentee, esp. an exclusive right to make and sell an invention.
[1350–1400]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.letters patent - an official document granting a right or privilege
legal document, legal instrument, official document, instrument - (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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letters patent

plPatent (→ urkunde f) nt

letters patent

nplbrevetto di invenzione
References in classic literature ?
In twenty-four hours D'Artagnan and Porthos conducted Mazarin to the queen; and the one received his commission, the other his patent of nobility.
Who, I say again, was the fool that knows not that there are no letters patent of nobility that confer such privileges or exemptions as a knight-errant acquires the day he is dubbed a knight, and devotes himself to the arduous calling of chivalry?
It was a sort of patent of nobility to live in Broadway; and the acquisition of such a residence was like the purchase of a marquiseta in Italy.