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1) v. to allow by silence, agreement or giving a license. 2) n. a license or other document given by an authorized public official or agency (building inspector, department of motor vehicles) to allow a person or business to perform certain acts. These can include building a structure, using a building, driving on the highway, conducting a retail business, and dozens of other activities. The purpose of permits is supposedly to guarantee that laws and regulations have been obeyed, but they also are a source of public revenue. (See: license)

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PERMIT. A license or warrant to do something not forbidden bylaw; as, to land goods imported into the United States, after the duties have been paid or secured to be paid. Act of Cong. of 2d March, 1799, s. 49, cl. 2. See form of such a permit, Gord. Dig. Appendix, No. II. 46.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The EO 19-10, which took effect immediately, ordered a one-day processing of business and other permits.
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Upon verification, Aquino said the three import permits were, indeed, spurious.
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* Some evidence suggests that permit holding by minorities is increasing more than twice as fast as for whites.
This Article is the first to return comprehensively to the permit power since Epstein's critique, offering a deep account of the theory and practice of regulatory permits in the administrative state.