Definitions for: Dispensation

[n] an exemption from some rule or obligation
[n] the act of dispensing (giving out in portions)
[n] a share that has been dispensed or distributed

Webster (1913) Definition: Dis`pen*sa"tion, n. [F. dispensation, L.
1. The act of dispensing or dealing out; distribution; often
used of the distribution of good and evil by God to man,
or more generically, of the acts and modes of his

To respect the dispensations of Providence. --Burke.

2. That which is dispensed, dealt out, or appointed; that
which is enjoined or bestowed; especially (Theol.), A
system of principles, promises, and rules ordained and
administered; scheme; economy; as, the Patriarchal,
Mosaic, and Christian dispensations.

Neither are God's methods or intentions different in
his dispensations to each private man. --Rogers.

3. The relaxation of a law in a particular case; permission
to do something forbidden, or to omit doing something
enjoined; specifically, in the Roman Catholic Church,
exemption from some ecclesiastical law or obligation to
God which a man has incurred of his own free will (oaths,
vows, etc.).

A dispensation was obtained to enable Dr. Barrow to
marry. --Ward.

See Also: distribution, license, part, percentage, permission, permit, portion, share

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