dispensation

[ dis-puhn-sey-shuhn, -pen- ]
/ ˌdɪs pənˈseɪ ʃən, -pɛn- /

noun

an act or instance of dispensing; distribution.
something that is distributed or given out.
a certain order, system, or arrangement; administration or management.
Theology.
  1. the divine ordering of the affairs of the world.
  2. an appointment, arrangement, or favor, as by God.
  3. 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.
  1. 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.
  2. an official document authorizing such a relaxation of law.

Origin of dispensation

1325–75; Middle English dispensacioun < Medieval Latin dispēnsātiōn- (stem of dispēnsātiō) a pardon, relaxation, Late Latin: order, system, divine grace, Latin: distribution, equivalent to dispēnsāt(us) (past participle of dispēnsāre to dispense; see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion

SYNONYMS FOR dispensation

1 dispersion, meting out, apportioning, dissemination, bestowal.

Related forms

dis·pen·sa·tion·al, adjectivedis·pen·sa·to·ri·ly [dih-spen-suh-tawr-uh-lee, -tohr-] /dɪˈspɛn səˌtɔr ə li, -ˌtoʊr-/, adverbnon·dis·pen·sa·tion, nounnon·dis·pen·sa·tion·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dispensation

dispensation

/ (ˌdɪspɛnˈseɪʃən) /

noun

the act of distributing or dispensing
something distributed or dispensed
a system or plan of administering or dispensing
mainly RC Church
  1. permission to dispense with an obligation of church law
  2. the document authorizing such permission
any exemption from a rule or obligation
Christianity
  1. the ordering of life and events by God
  2. a divine decree affecting an individual or group
  3. a religious system or code of prescriptions for life and conduct regarded as of divine origin

Derived Forms

dispensational, adjective
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