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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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Noun1.licitness - the quality of strictly conforming to law
lawfulness - the quality of conforming to law
illicitness - the quality of not conforming strictly to law
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The state or quality of being within the law:
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state as its deliberate fashioning of licitness by "turning a blind
Many documents have been published by various authors in the period between 1987 and 2008 related with the moral licitness of embryo adoption that cannot be referred to herein, although most have been included in the book "Human Embryo Adoption", by Berg and Furton (15), edited 30 June, 2006.
The rest will remain at BPA and will either be probed for licitness and moved to another bank or reported to the Unitat d'Inteligencia Financera d'Andorra, the Andorran state's independent body in charge of promoting and coordinating prevention measures of money laundering and terrorism finance.
The Catholic Church, Villegas said, recognizes the permissibility or licitness of giving narcotics to relieve pain even when the result will be decreased consciousness and a shortening of life.
Systemic lying is both persistent and powerful because it achieves a type of licitness that individual lies or underground deception lack.
(67) From the brief overview above we may, from a general conceptual standpoint, concisely say that wealth or property is essentially constituted of the following six elements, namely (i) value, (ii) relevance, (iii) goodness, (iv) licitness, (v) beneficialness, and (vi) ownability.
Bishop Francis Simons while bishop of Indore, India, in an article entitled "The Catholic Church and the New Morality" opined: "When abortion is performed to avoid almost certain or very probable serious harm to the health of the mother, its licitness is at least arguable....
(35) Such an understanding of the contraceptive act further facilitated the explanation of the licitness of therapeutic means, such as the use of an anovulant to treat endometriosis, since the proximate and specifying end for which such treatments were employed was obviously not contraceptive, though the result was physically contraceptive.
In addition to the precautions he took to prevent the licitness of such a discussion, we should recall the radical nature of an eschatological vision of peace, assigned in fact to the unavoidable vulnerability of the face, which "breaks with the totality of wars and empires" (Totality and Infinity 23) without descending into any dialectical articulation dominated by the category of violence.
As Abraham and van Schendel (2005: 25) emphasize, these border games are not only about strategic interactions between government officials and border crossers, but also about fundamentally different perceptions of licitness. 'Threshold days', in which customs points temporarily decide to lower their taxes, is a good example of the hybrid bricolage that ensues.
Hamilton borrowed apologies for the trade later in the year, including the extraordinary Scriptural Researches on the Licitness of the Slave-trade, which was a far less thorough and elegant piece of Biblical scholarship than she was used to.
In a forthcoming essay, I describe one consequence of disestablishment as the conversion of the licitness or sacredness of marriage from a local public good into a nullibietous shared cultural good that is provided by private institutions rather than by the state.