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artistic license

1. Intentional violations of or deviations from traditional forms, standards, or syntax by a writer in order to achieve a particular effect. Don't get hung up on adhering too strictly to iambic pentameter—you can use a bit of artistic license if it means preserving the meaning and rhythm you want. Any two-bit poet can string together a jumble of words and call it artistic license.
2. Minor changes to or misrepresentations of facts or history in the name of art or for the sake of an agenda. People complain about minor inaccuracies in historical dramas, but honestly they wouldn't be able to make the movies marketable without using a little artistic license.
See also: artistic, license

artistic/poetic ˈlicence

(often ironic) the freedom of artists or writers to change facts in order to make a story, painting, etc. more interesting or beautiful: In the book, a fair amount of artistic licence has been taken with the timing of historical events so that they fit with the story.I allowed myself a little poetic licence in describing the table as an antique.
Licence in this idiom means ‘freedom to do or say whatever you want’.
See also: artistic, licence, poetic
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The chef is known to take artistic licence with even the most classical dishes and the outcome is superb.
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"In fact, Turbinia was unable to sail on the day due to a mechanical problem so this is some artistic licence on Hemy's part.
What Steven and Peter (Jackson) are trying to do is be as true to Herge's original story as possible but they have to have some artistic licence," Times Online quoted him as saying.
He even used a little artistic licence and allowed a few bombs to fall in Act One - even though Priestley had actually set the story in 1912, two years before the start of the First World War.
"There is artistic licence...I was paraphrasing," said Eamon Dunphy.
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The stylist was told she has full artistic licence and an unlimited budget to do what she wants.