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Late Latin licentiatus, from licentiare ‎(to allow to do something).


licentiate ‎(plural licentiates)

  1. A person who holds the academic degree of license.
  2. One who has a licence to exercise a profession.
    a licentiate in medicine or theology
    • Johnson
      The college of physicians, in July, 1687, published an edict, requiring all the fellows, candidates, and licentiates, to give gratuitous advice to the neighbouring poor.
  3. A friar authorized to receive confessions and grant absolution in all places, independently of the local clergy.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Chaucer to this entry?)
  4. One who acts without restraint, or takes a liberty.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Bishop Hall to this entry?)


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