- an act or instance of dispensing; distribution.
- something that is distributed or given out.
- a certain order, system, or arrangement; administration or management.
- the divine ordering of the affairs of the world.
- an appointment, arrangement, or favor, as by God.
- a divinely appointed order or age: the old Mosaic, or Jewish, dispensation; the new gospel, or Christian, dispensation.
- a dispensing with, doing away with, or doing without something.
- Roman Catholic Church.
- a relaxation of law in a particular case granted by a competent superior or the superior's delegate in laws that the superior has the power to make and enforce: a dispensation regarding the Lenten fast.
- an official document authorizing such a relaxation of law.
Origin of dispensation
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Examples from the Web for dispensation
Our narrator insists that such a dispensation was never on offer or agreed to in 1982 when the band came together.Viva Hate: Inside the World of Morrissey
December 23, 2013
The monk obtained a dispensation from his vows, and married the young girl.The Phantom World
“Well, Mrs. Feathertop, this is a dispensation,” said Mrs. Scratchard.
Still, if the dispensation of the pope could be obtained, he would make no objection.Queen Elizabeth
We must therefore obtain a dispensation in order to be married.
I imagine your excellency has obtained a dispensation from the mufti?
- the act of distributing or dispensing
- something distributed or dispensed
- a system or plan of administering or dispensing
- mainly RC Church
- permission to dispense with an obligation of church law
- the document authorizing such permission
- any exemption from a rule or obligation
- the ordering of life and events by God
- a divine decree affecting an individual or group
- a religious system or code of prescriptions for life and conduct regarded as of divine origin
Word Origin and History for dispensation
late 14c., from Old French despensacion (12c., Modern French dispensation), or directly from Latin dispensationem (nominative dispensatio) "management, charge," noun of action from past participle stem of dispensare (see dispense). Theological sense is from the use of the word to translate Greek oikonomoia "office, method of administration."