licit-, licen-, leis-
(Latin: to be allowed; permitted; unrestrained)
2. Abandoned or unrestrained bad behavior that disregards generally acceptable norms of conduct: In the romantic novel of the 18th century, the licentious son of the landowner returned home feeling guilty and begging for the forgiveness of his father for his immoral actions.
2. With an excess of liberty; in contempt of law and integrity: The outlaws of the North American "wild west" frequently acted in a licentiously extravagant style, defying law and order whenever they wanted to do it.
The movie was so licentiously produced that it was closed down by the local authorities on its first presentation at the theater.
2. Dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasures with reckless extravagance: The film censors are often troubled by the licentiousness which is portrayed in some movies.
Taking TV pictures was not forbidden and so it was declared a licit part of the trial of Larry, who said he thought he was shooting at an intruder through the door of his bathroom.
2. Legally, in an established procedure that is compatible with the law: The police officer acted in a licitly proper procedure when she stopped the speeding motorist and gave him a ticket.
2. Lawfulness; permitted by law: The licitness of the adoption of their son by the couple was confirmed by his biological parents.