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a. Official or legal permission to engage in a regulated activity: "He believed that the subcommittee gave him license to interrogate anyone about any possible links to communism" (Donald A. Ritchie). See Synonyms at permission.
b. A document, card, plate, or tag that is issued as proof of official or legal permission: a driver's license.
c. A contract allowing someone to use a proprietary product or service: has a site license for that software.
a. Freedom of action or permission to act: "Doctors labeled many of the organs of the immune system 'functionless' ... giving surgeons license to remove them with abandon" (Andrew Weil).
b. Poetic license.
a. Lack of due restraint; excessive freedom: "It is important to preserve freedom only for people who are willing to practice self-denial, for otherwise freedom degenerates into license and irresponsibility" (Milton Friedman).
b. Heedlessness for the precepts of proper behavior, especially with regard to sex: "noir stories of the consequences of sexual license" (Foster Hirsch).
c. An excuse or justification to do something wrong: people who see low-fat labels as a license to eat larger amounts.
tr.v. li·censed, li·cens·ing, li·cens·es
1. To give or yield permission to or for: "Deep down I wondered what licensed me to speak" (Jan Clausen).
2. To grant a license to or for; authorize. See Synonyms at authorize.

[Middle English licence, from Old French, from Medieval Latin licentia, authorization, from Latin, freedom, from licēns, licent-, present participle of licēre, to be permitted.]

li′cens·a·ble adj.
li′cens·er, li′cen·sor′ (-sən-sôr′) n.
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The licensable activities applied for are: plays, films, live music, recorded music, performance of dance, and anything of similar description, provision of late-night refreshments and supply of alcohol.
Getting into the spirit of things, the Government have made an order relaxing licensing hours which allows licensed premises, which already have the ability to sell alcohol for consumption on the premises, to extend their existing licensable activities on June 1 and 2 from 11pm until 1am.
2.A start startime of 08:00 for all licensable activities (except LNR) on standard and nonstandard timings as detailed in the application.
The licensable activity applied for is:- The sale of alcohol by retail off the Premises from 06:00hrs - 22:00hrs 7 days weekly.
If granted the application will allow the following licensable activities to take place: Sale of alcohol fo consumption on and off the premises, provision of regulated entertainment and provision of facilities for regulated entertainment Monday to Sunday 08:00 hrs to 04:00 hrs and provision of late night refreshment Monday to Sunday 23:00 hrs to 04:00 hrs.
People have to be sitting down and eating a meal and all of the licensable activities have to stop at midnight."
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THA Acopolis Bar & Bistro Ltd Has applied to Liverpool City Council for a New premises licence for Acropolis, Unit 1 St Johns House, Queen Square, Liverpool, L1 4RH The relevant licensable activities to take place at the premises are that of: -1) To permit the sale of alcohol Monday to Sunday 09.00hrs to 02.00hrs 2) To permit regulated entertainment by way of recorded music only(as specified in the application) 3) To permit the provision of late night refreshment Full details.
It has also applied to include all licensable activities to its new extension.
Councillor Gillian Roache, chair of the licensing committee, told the hearing: "We are of the view that we are dealing with licensed premises and licensable activities and their immediate vicinity."
ARC's licensable audio subsystem is said to have been selected by Skymedi, a multimedia flash memory controllers company, for its next-generation controllers, due to its compact size and low power consumption.