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- (religious) The legitimacy of an act or its consequencies, by opposition to the validity.
2011, “Validity and liceity”, Ship of Saint-Peter, accessed on 2013-02-24:
- Validity affects the act, while liceity affects the 'legality' of the act. So if a baptism is invalid, then the baptism never occurred (i.e. one has not been baptized and needs to be baptized). So if a baptism is illicit, then it was not celebrated under the structures that the Catholic Church has defined (i.e. one has been baptized, but the Sacrament was not celebrated in a way directed/authorized by the Church or with the full approval of the Church).
- (legal): legitimacy