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 dispensation>b : 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 rule>b : a formal authorization <requested a dispensation to form another lodge>
3a : 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>
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.
Origin and Etymology of dispensation
First Known Use: 14th century
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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