A license is a document that grants the bearer permission to engage in an activity or occupation that is otherwise considered illegal.

If you pay "tribute" to a government agency for their protection and friendship they will issue you a "license" to fish, hunt, drive, marry etc with impunity.

A method of the "state" exercising control of the populace.
cop: "Show me your license!"
driver: "I don't have one."
cop: "You're under arrest..(enter standard Miranda warning)"
by FN64GR September 29, 2006
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According to the dictionary, one set of definitions of 'license' is
"1. Lack of due restraint; excessive freedom: “When liberty becomes license, dictatorship is near” (Will Durant).
2. Heedlessness for the precepts of proper behavior; licentiousness."

The definition of 'license' that is synonymous with 'licentious' evolved from a very different definition:

"1. a. Official or legal permission to do or own a specified thing. See synonyms at permission.
b. A document, plate, or tag that is issued as proof of official or legal permission: a driver's license.
2. Deviation from normal rules, practices, or methods in order to achieve a certain end or effect."
These meanings are derived from "Middle English licence, from Old French, from Medieval Latin licentia, authorization, from Latin, freedom, from licens, licent-, present participle of licere, to be permitted."
License in the context that I want to focus on in related definitions such as libertarian and libertine is the lack of proper restraint or licentiousness.
Defenders of liberty have traditionally gone to great lengths to distance liberty from license. Tragically, modern leftist liberals and modal libertarians have conflated the the two. License is a perversion of liberty that has morphed into its opposite.
Modal libertarian: I love to exercise my liberty by watching some porn while I smoke pot.

Paleo-libertarian: You are confusing liberty and license.
by Tex in Tex July 10, 2008
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A human right or privilege, that was stolen by the government or surrendered to the government out of fear or compulsion, and then has been sold back to the bearer.
Human beings possess a God-given right to travel, hunt, fish, or establish a business, but, to operate a motor vehicle, shoot deer, attempt to catch a trout, or set up a coffee shop, the law requires a license.
by n8bar March 23, 2017
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A piece of worthless, meaningless plastic, usually with ones picture and some personal information. If you have one, it means you spend time @ the DMV like a fucking idiot taking tests and what not. If you dont it means you r a mexican or another minortity (not white trash) and dont feel that it is neccesary and wont get cought without one.
Adrian: I got pulled over again, and I still dont have a license.
Andy: Y the cops always tryn' to catch you ridin' dirty?
Adrian: Cause' of the color of my skin.
by Ginger H. Ater January 31, 2007
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The current crop of misogynist politicians consider any prescription for birth control pills to be little more than a slut license, in effect giving young women permission to be promiscuous.
by paulpaxman December 18, 2013
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A term defining an existing object or concept that violates natural laws and proves its own existence as nullity
Bro, 2017s Justice League is an unholy license.
by Rice rice March 31, 2021
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The concept of growing a beard for a license picture so that bouncers and bartenders believe you are older than you actually are. Can then be applied to essentially anything that follows this form of "finesse."
<Friend> Yo were you able to make it into that bar last night? I heard they were being hella strict.
<You> Yeah man. They asked me for my zip code, but luckily I was beard for license.

<Waiter> I'm sorry for the hold up, but I brought you two burgers for your convenience.
<You> Oh thank you
...Turns to friends...
<You> That shit was beard for licence as fuckkkkkkkkk

...Sees guy with beard...
<You> Yo you think that guy is beard for license?

...Turns to friend...
<You> Dude, are you even beard for license?
by BFLkindaguy November 04, 2018
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