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dis·pen·sa·tion

 (dĭs′pən-sā′shən, -pĕn-)
n.
1.
a. The act of dispensing.
b. Something dispensed.
c. A specific arrangement or system by which something is dispensed.
2. An exemption or release from an obligation or rule, granted by or as if by an authority.
3.
a. An exemption from a church law, a vow, or another similar obligation granted in a particular case by an ecclesiastical authority.
b. The document containing this exemption.
4. Theology
a. The divine ordering of worldly affairs.
b. A religious system or code of commands considered to have been divinely revealed or appointed.

[Medieval Latin dispēnsātiō, dispēnsātiōn-, from Latin, distribution, management, from dispēnsātus, past participle of dispēnsāre, to distribute; see dispense.]

dis′pen·sa′tion·al adj.

dispensation

(ˌdɪspɛnˈseɪʃən)
n
1. the act of distributing or dispensing
2. something distributed or dispensed
3. a system or plan of administering or dispensing
4. (Roman Catholic Church) chiefly RC Church
a. permission to dispense with an obligation of church law
b. the document authorizing such permission
5. any exemption from a rule or obligation
6. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity
a. the ordering of life and events by God
b. a divine decree affecting an individual or group
c. a religious system or code of prescriptions for life and conduct regarded as of divine origin
ˌdispenˈsational adj

dis•pen•sa•tion

(ˌdɪs pənˈseɪ ʃən, -pɛn-)

n.
1. an act or instance of dispensing; distribution.
2. something that is distributed or given out.
3. a certain order, system, or arrangement; administration or management.
4.
a. the divine ordering of the affairs of the world.
b. a divinely appointed order or age.
5. a dispensing with, doing away with, or doing without something.
6. Rom. Cath. Ch.
a. a relaxation of law granted by a competent superior.
b. an official document authorizing this.
[1325–75; Middle English < Medieval Latin, Latin]
dis`pen•sa′tion•al, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dispensation - an exemption from some rule or obligation
permission, permit, license - the act of giving a formal (usually written) authorization
variance - an official dispensation to act contrary to a rule or regulation (typically a building regulation); "a zoning variance"
2.dispensation - a share that has been dispensed or distributed
share, percentage, portion, part - assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group; "he wanted his share in cash"
3.dispensation - the act of dispensing (giving out in portions)
distribution - the act of distributing or spreading or apportioning

dispensation

noun
1. exemption, licence, exception, permission, privilege, relaxation, immunity, relief, indulgence, reprieve, remission The committee were not prepared to grant special dispensation.

dispensation

noun
1. The act of distributing or the condition of being distributed:
2. The giving of a medication, especially by prescribed dosage:
Translations

dispensation

[ˌdɪspenˈseɪʃən] N
1. (= exemption) → exención f
2. (= distribution) [of drugs] → dispensación f
3. (= implementation) [of justice] → administración f
4. (Rel) → dispensa f
dispensation of Providencedesignio m divino
5. (= ruling) → decreto m

dispensation

[ˌdɪspɛnˈseɪʃən] n
(= special permission) → dispense f
to have dispensation to do sth → obtenir une dispense pour faire qch
to give dispensation to do sth → accorder une dispense pour faire qch
dispensation from military service → dispense du service militaire
(formal) (= issuing, dispensing) [justice] → exercice m; [drugs] → distribution f
(formal) (= system) (religious)régime m; (political)régime m

dispensation

n
(= handing out)Verteilung f; (of charity)Austeilung f; dispensation of justiceRechtsprechung f
(= exemption)Dispensation f; (Eccl) → Dispens f; special dispensationSonderregelung f
(= system, regime)System nt; (Rel) → Glaubenssystem nt; dispensation of ProvidenceFügung fder Vorsehung or des Schicksals

dispensation

[ˌdɪspɛnˈseɪʃn] n (Law, Rel) → dispensa
References in classic literature ?
Oh," said Bazin, without hesitation, "now that monseigneur is a bishop, I shall soon have my orders, or at least my dispensations.
Oh, Mamma, how is it you don't understand that the Holy Father, who has the right to grant dispensations.
There was nothing here, when he rose in the deep morning quiet and looked out on the dewy brambles and rank tufted grass, that seemed to have any relation with that life centring in Lantern Yard, which had once been to him the altar-place of high dispensations.
The royal bounty appears to have been but scanty in its dispensations.
For my vow,'' said the Templar, ``our Grand Master hath granted me a dispensation.
The only means, then, which they can possess, will be in the dispensation of appointments.
At the age of twenty, by special dispensation of the Holy See, he was a priest, and served as the youngest of the chaplains of Notre-Dame the altar which is called, because of the late mass which is said there,
Nay," quoth Little John, also grinning, "the blessed Saint Dunstan hath given me a free dispensation for all indulgence in that line.
A dispensation,' said Sam, correcting the old gentleman.
This is a duty from which nothing can give him a dispensation.
That requires a special dispensation of Providence and peculiar digestive organs.
Joe expressed his gratitude to Providence for this favourable dispensation, and tried to look as if he didn't wonder where Dolly was.