letters patent definition

  • noun-plural:
    • A document issued by a government to a patentee granting a special to the enjoyment or control of an invention.
  • noun:
    • A type of legal document which can be an open page issued by an authority giving a right, monopoly, subject, or standing to people or business.
    • a writing executed and sealed, wherein power and expert tend to be approved to one to do some work, or enjoy some right. The normal commercial patent is a derivative as a type of these types of the right.
    • an official document giving the right or privilege

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