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licentiate Line breaks: li¦cen|ti¦ate
Pronunciation: /lʌɪˈsɛnʃɪət/

Definition of licentiate in English:


1The holder of a certificate of competence to practise a particular profession: licentiates in ‘Aerial Survey Photography and Photogrammetry’ [as modifier]: a licentiate member
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  • She is MTNA nationally certified in piano and music theory and earned the licentiate in piano teaching from The Royal Schools of Music.
1.1(In certain universities, especially abroad) a degree between that of bachelor and master or doctor: he took the Durham University licentiate in theology
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  • In 1984 he moved to Canada, where he did a masters in divinity and licentiate in moral theology at the University of Toronto.
  • He was compelled to study philosophy and theology by his parents, which he greatly resented, and he graduated from the University of Basel with a master's degree in philosophy in 1671 and a licentiate in theology in 1676.
  • He was educated in Paris at the École Normale Supérieure and he received his licentiate with a thesis.
1.2The holder of a licentiate degree: he was a licentiate in law of Hanoi University
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  • In addition, there is a cadre of medical professionals called medical licentiates who are basically clinical officers who have taken further training so that they can help doctors though the training does not turn them into doctors.
  • He is an accomplished pianist and a licentiate of the Royal School of Music.
2A licensed preacher not yet having an appointment, especially in a Presbyterian Church.
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  • Jude, who had been planning to enter the priesthood as a licentiate, as a substitute for his thwarted intellectual ambitions, is now doubly defeated.


Late 15th century: from medieval Latin, noun use of licentiatus 'having freedom', based on licentia 'freedom'.



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  • She went to Paris in 1891 for further studies and obtained licentiateships in physics and mathematical sciences.
  • Regulations of The Institute require that candidates for the licentiateship should ultimately be tested on the submission of an approved thesis or research dissertation.
  • It also organises an annual public exhibition of members’ work and awards licentiateships, associateships and fellowships.

Words that rhyme with licentiate

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