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Related to licitly: conclusively, effectually


Permitted by law; legal.

[Middle English, from Old French licite, from Latin licitus, past participle of licēre, to be permitted.]

lic′it·ly adv.
lic′it·ness n.
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Adv.1.licitly - in a manner acceptable to common custom; "you cannot do this legitimately!"
illegitimately, illicitly - in a manner disapproved or not allowed by custom; "He acted illegitimately when he increased the rent fourfold"
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Following accession of the US, the international trade in cultural property shifted towards the European market, since objects which were already seen as illicit in the US, could be traded there licitly. (205) Following this shift, the European art world concentrated its lobbying efforts to urge States not to ratify or accede to the 1970 UNESCO Convention, arguing that the effect of such ratification or accession would be that profitable business would be lost to other non-signatory nations: this lobbying was effective and further slowed down the ratification process.
We do not arrive at the Nothing by making a noun out of a negative quantifier (whether licitly or not); rather, we can make use of negative quantifiers only because we already have an implicit familiarity with the Nothing.
(162) Even John Paul II and Benedict XVI, popes of the twenty-first century who vigorously opposed capital punishment in practice, would have erred by teaching that an intrinsically immoral act may sometimes be licitly carried out.
* The matter also involves church law, particularly the interpretation of canon 844 of the Code of Canon Law, which says: "If the danger of death is present or if, in the judgment of the diocesan bishop or conference of bishops, some other grave necessity urges it, Catholic ministers administer these same sacraments licitly also to other Christians not having full communion with the Catholic Church, who cannot approach a minister of their own community and who seek such on their own accord, provided that they manifest Catholic faith in respect to these sacraments and are properly disposed."
So doing, he draws upon contemporary resistance theory, which held that citizens owe obedience to kings but not to tyrants, and, furthermore, that tyrants may licitly be deposed.
Certainly the Instruction Donum Vitae does not directly address the topic of frozen human embryo adoption, but it does state that "those embryos (produced by IVF) that are not transferred into the body of the mother and are called spare are exposed to an absurd fate, with no possibility of their being offered means of survival which can be licitly pursued" (6).
On the other hand, it could be as Juan Antonio De La Lama Arenal explains: a matter of penal justice in which one may "licitly not pay taxes as long as one pays the corresponding penalty" (113-14).
Chemicals are principally imported into Peru licitly by wholesalers through the Port of Callao and are later diverted for illicit purposes by smaller actors for cocaine production.
Anything that an individual can licitly do can be delegated by the people to the government.
In Islam, wealth (as both ghina' and mal (27)) is seen as an aspect of well-being (iafiyah), but only if it is earned licitly and expended judiciously to provide for the needs of oneself and his or her family, so that they remain independent of people, avoid beggary and thereby preserve their dignity, self-worth and self-respect.
She tiptoes between the bodies toward the front door, careful not to disturb their contrite, slightly-smirched seraphic reposes, driven to the first full presence of light and warmth, the beach, where pulverized particles from the ageless earth cling to skin that can be licitly exposed but only to a point that's recalibrated with every successful transgression.