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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.