It’s spelled “General Public License”.
(In the UK, “licence” is a noun and “license” is a verb (like “advice”/”advise”) but in the US both are spelled “license”).
- General public license
legal (GPL, note US spelling) The licence applied to most software from the Free Software Foundation and the GNU project and other authors who choose to use it. The licences for most software are designed to prevent users from sharing or changing it. By contrast, the GNU General Public License is intended to guarantee the […]
- General public virus
software, legal A pejorative name for some versions of the GNU project copyleft or General Public License (GPL), which requires that any tools or application programs incorporating copylefted code must be source-distributed on the same terms as GNU code. Thus it is alleged that the copyleft “infects” software generated with GNU tools, which may in […]
[jen-er-uh l-pur-puh s] /ˈdʒɛn ər əlˈpɜr pəs/ adjective 1. useful in many ways; not limited in use or function: a good general-purpose dictionary. adjective 1. having a range of uses or applications; not restricted to one function
- General purpose graphic language
[“A General Purpose Graphic Language”, H.E. Kulsrud, CACM 11(4) (Apr 1968)].