licit

Licit things are allowed or legal. Riding your skateboard down the street in your neighborhood is probably licit, but riding it down the subway escalator probably isn't.

The adjective licit isn't as common as its opposite, illicit, or "forbidden" — although the two words are often used together, as when someone talks about or compares licit versus illicit drugs or licit versus illicit actions. In Latin, the root licitus means "lawful," and it's closely related to license, which means "permission or freedom to do something."

Definitions of licit
  1. adjective
    authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law
    synonyms: lawful, legitimate
    legal
    established by or founded upon law or official or accepted rules
  2. adjective
    sanctioned by custom or morality especially sexual morality
    “a wife's licit love”
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    Antonyms:
    illicit
    contrary to accepted morality (especially sexual morality) or convention
    adulterous, extracurricular, extramarital
    characterized by adultery
    unlawful
    not morally right or permissible
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