Latin ( licitus “ lawful ”), perfect participle of ( licet “ pertaining to the law ”).
licit ( comparative , more licit superlative ) most licit
forbidden by formal or informal rules.
Undated, Pope Honorius III (anonymous translator),
Let it not be in any way
licit to anyone among men to infringe this page of our confirmation, or to contravene it with rash daring.
1896, Robert Louis Stevenson, , Weir of Hermiston Chapter 4
You seem to have been very much offended because your father talks a little sculduddery after dinner, which it is perfectly
licit for him to do, [...]
2008, July 27, Jeremy Seabrook, " Obama and the illusion of leadership", The Guardian,
[T]he vanity of efforts to deter humanity from following this
licit and highly profitable mobility, clearly indicate the limits of their [leaders'] power.
( law ) Explicitly established or constituted by law.
Usage notes Edit
Licit and are legal terms to be compared, especially in terms of valid canon law. Something that is licit (such as a marriage contract), may nonetheless be , invalid or both (for example, a bigamous marriage). illegal