Imprimatur

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Imprimatur

[Latin, Let it be printed.] A license or allowance, granted by the constituted authorities, giving permission to print and publish a book. This allowance was formerly necessary in England before any book could lawfully be printed, and in some other countries is still required.

See: charter, leave, license, permission

IMPRIMATUR. A license or allowance to one to print.
     2. At one time, before a book could be printed in England, it was requisite that a permission should be obtained that permission was called an imprimatur. In some countries where the press is liable to censure, an imprimatur is required.