- 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 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
OTHER WORDS FROM dispensationdis·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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How to use dispensation in a sentence
I must have gone over thousands of appraisals, and I’ve never seen one – except for in cases of litigation or estate dispensation – where they had to go back in time to set the value.Housing Commission Valued Mission Valley Hotel as if the Pandemic Never Happened|Andrew Keatts|July 8, 2021|Voice of San Diego
The Catholic Church was also deeply threatened by the secular goals of the Popular Front and offered a kind of blanket dispensation for the use of violence in exchange for maintaining their moral monopoly over society.My Father Fled Fascism in Spain—and Taught Me How Lies Can Destroy a Democracy|Sebastian Junger|May 19, 2021|Time
As in many countries, delivery drivers were considered essential workers and allowed the same dispensation as health workers to move around.
While the new political dispensation allows Nyang and others to poke fun at Gambian leaders, the spread of social media has also opened up space for new voices.
He says the state denied his request for special dispensation to bring in workers to help, even as Amazon was allowed to have on-site employees fulfill its own rush of online orders.Many Companies Won't Survive the Pandemic. Amazon Will Emerge Stronger Than Ever|Alana Semuels|July 28, 2020|Time
Our narrator insists that such a dispensation was never on offer or agreed to in 1982 when the band came together.
As a freelance writer under the old dispensation, I had qualified as a Sole Proprietor and was able to insure both of us.
A few weeks later, after many appeals, I was given special dispensation to return briefly to my hometown to bury her ashes.
Does this special dispensation apply to all democratically elected governments?
Instead, it needs the special dispensation of a party leader or speaker.
Seen thus poverty became rather a blessing than a curse, or at least a dispensation prescribing the proper lot of man.
As for the ruin of any other party, the idea, by a very happy dispensation, never once occurred to him.
For these people, under the older dispensation, there was nothing but the poorhouse, the jail or starvation by the roadside.
And not less, than under a former dispensation, is the exercise represented as an act of obedience in New Testament times.
It stands enjoined among those precepts that are inculcated for every dispensation.
British Dictionary definitions for dispensation
- permission to dispense with an obligation of church law
- the document authorizing such permission
- 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