Definitions for dispensationˌdɪs pənˈseɪ ʃən, -pɛn-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dis•pen•sa•tionˌdɪs 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. the divine ordering of the affairs of the world. a divinely appointed order or age.

    Category: Religion

  5. a dispensing with, doing away with, or doing without something.

  6. Rom. Cath. Ch. a relaxation of law granted by a competent superior. an official document authorizing this.

    Category: Religion

Origin of dispensation:

1325–75; ME < ML, L

dis`pen•sa′tion•al(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dispensation(noun)

    an exemption from some rule or obligation

  2. dispensation(noun)

    a share that has been dispensed or distributed

  3. dispensation(noun)

    the act of dispensing (giving out in portions)

Wiktionary

  1. dispensation(Noun)

    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 administration.

  2. dispensation(Noun)

    That which is dispensed, dealt out, or appointed; that which is enjoined or bestowed

  3. dispensation(Noun)

    A system of principles, promises, and rules ordained and administered; scheme; economy; as, the Patriarchal, Mosaic, and Christian dispensations.

  4. dispensation(Noun)

    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.).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dispensation(noun)

    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 administration

  2. Dispensation(noun)

    that which is dispensed, dealt out, or appointed; that which is enjoined or bestowed

  3. Dispensation(noun)

    a system of principles, promises, and rules ordained and administered; scheme; economy; as, the Patriarchal, Mosaic, and Christian dispensations

  4. Dispensation(noun)

    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.)

Freebase

  1. Dispensation

    In the canon law of the Roman Catholic Church, a dispensation is the exemption from the immediate obligation of law in certain cases. Its object is to modify the hardship often arising from the rigorous application of general laws to particular cases, and its essence is to preserve the law by suspending its operation in such cases.

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