Definition of dispensation
1a : a general state or ordering of things; specifically : a system of revealed (see 1reveal 1) commands and promises regulating human affairs a privilege maintained under the new dispensationb : a particular arrangement or provision especially of providence or nature involving special dispensation by the Church
2a : an exemption from a law or from an impediment, vow, or oath may be granted a dispensation from the ruleb : a formal authorization requested a dispensation to form another lodge
3a : the act of dispensing the dispensation of medicationb : something dispensed or distributed … one of the most remarkable cultural dispensations in the country's history, the paperback book. — T. E. Cooney
dispensationalplay \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
Examples of dispensation in a Sentence
The priest asked for dispensation from his vows.
The state gave the town a special dispensation, allowing it to ignore the law in this case.
Recent Examples of dispensation from the Web
That book, about how France and Britain endeavored to impose a new political dispensation on the Middle East in the aftermath of World War I, was published in 1989, to near universal commendation.
Her school has offered Alves and her family food, clothing, travel expenses and dispensation from her other exams.
The team gets a special NCAA dispensation to schedule an extra game due to the lengthy travel for road games.
The European Broadcasting Union, which oversees the contest, gave him special dispensation and his sister stood in for him during the first week of run-throughs.
These wineries are afforded special dispensation to sell their wines directly to the public from their wineries and also to sell wholesale to restaurants or liquor stores, up to 75,000 gallons of wine per year.
Trump himself walked back a campaign promise to promote American steelmakers, granting the owners of the Keystone Pipeline a special dispensation to ignore an executive order to that effect.
There’s also a special loan for physicians that gives dispensation for student loans.
New Zealand officials suggest Thiel must have received a special dispensation of sorts.
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DISPENSATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dispensation for English Language Learners
: permission to break a law or an official promise you have made : release from a rule, vow, or oath
: an act of providing something to people
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