dispensation

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

Definition of dispensation

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

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.

Origin and Etymology of dispensation

see dispense


First Known Use: 14th century


DISPENSATION Defined for English Language Learners

dispensation

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

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

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

Medical Definition of dispensation

  1. :  the act of dispensing the dispensation of medicines



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