- noun a legal document which comes with a software product and defines how you can use the software and how many people are allowed to use it
- noun a legal document that accompanies any commercial software product and defines how you can use the software and, most importantly, how many people can use the software. Unless you buy a network version of a software product, the licence allows one person to use it. Copying the software is illegal. If you want several people to use the software or if you want to use it on a network, then you need to buy a multi-user licence.
- noun a contractual agreement by which a patent owner or copyright owner allows a company to manufacture something and pay a fee for this