dispensation

noun dis·pen·sa·tion \ ˌdis-pən-ˈsā-shən , -ˌpen- \

Definition of dispensation

1 a :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 dispensation
b :a particular arrangement or provision especially of providence or nature
  • involving special dispensation by the Church
2 a :an exemption from a law or from an impediment, vow, or oath
  • may be granted a dispensation from the rule
b :a formal authorization
  • requested a dispensation to form another lodge
3 a :the act of dispensing
  • the dispensation of medication
b :something dispensed or distributed
  • … one of the most remarkable cultural dispensations in the country's history, the paperback book.
  • —T. E. Cooney

dispensational

play \-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl\ adjective

Examples of dispensation in a Sentence

  1. The priest asked for dispensation from his vows.

  2. The state gave the town a special dispensation, allowing it to ignore the law in this case.

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Origin and Etymology of dispensation


DISPENSATION Defined for English Language Learners

dispensation

noun

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


Medical Dictionary

dispensation

noun dis·pen·sa·tion \ ˌdis-pən-ˈsā-shən, -ˌpen- \

medical Definition of dispensation

:the act of dispensing
  • the dispensation of medicines


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