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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 ?
It was clear enough, as I have told you, years before YOU ever saw her - and why, in the mysterious dispensations of Providence, you ever did see her, is more than humanity can comprehend - it was clear enough that the poor soft little thing would marry somebody, at some time or other; but I did hope it wouldn't have been as bad as it has turned out.
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 coadjutor has given me dispensations from fasting on the jours maigres, on account of my health; then I have engaged as my cook the cook who lived with Lafollone -- you know the man I mean?
Oh," said Bazin, without hesitation, "now that monseigneur is a bishop, I shall soon have my orders, or at least my dispensations.
The royal bounty appears to have been but scanty in its dispensations.
Oh, Mamma, how is it you don't understand that the Holy Father, who has the right to grant dispensations.
There must be some good reasons for these dispensations of fate, but I have never sought to discover them.
Like a general postman's coat --queer coats those--made by contract--no measuring-- mysterious dispensations of Providence--all the short men get long coats--all the long men short ones.
The one called Lucas was a mild and meek-looking little gentleman of clerical aspect; he had been an itinerant evangelist, it transpired, and had seen the light and become a prophet of the new dispensation.
It requires a direct dispensation from Heaven to become a walker.
An the young bride had conveyed notice, as in duty bound, to her feudal lord and proper master and protector the bishop, she had suffered no loss, for the said bishop could have got a dispensation making him, for temporary con- veniency, eligible to the exercise of his said right, and thus would she have kept all she had.
Giants of both sexes are, by a wise dispensation of Providence, created, for the most part, gentle.