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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


The state or quality of being within the law:
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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 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.
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.
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.
How, then, is Lessius going to decide the licitness or immorality of a particular business practice?
I leave aside questions about the licitness of constitutional or other legal recognition of a particular religion (including Catholicism) as the "religion of state," or as the "faith of the people," or as part of the cultural heritage of a particular land.