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

adj authorized, sanctioned by, or in accordance with law

lawful, legitimate
established by or founded upon law or official or accepted rules

adj sanctioned by custom or morality especially sexual morality

“a wife's licit love”
contrary to accepted morality (especially sexual morality) or convention
adulterous, extracurricular, extramarital
characterized by adultery
not morally right or permissible
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