licet

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Latin[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

licet (present infinitive licēre, perfect active licuit, supine licitum); third conjugation, impersonal

  1. (with dative) it is allowed; one is permitted.
    Licetne pauca?
    May I speak a word with you? (literally: Are a few [words] permitted?)
    • 19-15 BCEOvid, Amores, Book III, 4
      Cui peccare licet, peccat minus.
      She who is allowed to err, errs less.
    • Quod licet Iovi, non licet bovi [1]
      literally "What is permissible for Jove is not permissible for an ox", often translated as "Gods may do what cattle may not".

Inflection[edit]

   Conjugation of licet (second conjugation, mostly impersonal, active only)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present licet licent
imperfect licēbat licēbant
future licēbit
perfect licuit, licitum est
pluperfect licuerat, licitum erat
future perfect licuerit, licitum erat
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present liceat liceant
imperfect licēret
perfect licuerit, licitum erit
pluperfect licuisset, licitum esset
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present
future licētō licētō
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives licēre licuisse, licitum esse licitūrum esse
participles licēns licitus licitūrus

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