What does dispensation mean?

Definitions for dispensation
ˌdɪs pənˈseɪ ʃən, -pɛn-dis·pen·sa·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dispensationnoun

    an exemption from some rule or obligation

  2. dispensationnoun

    a share that has been dispensed or distributed

  3. dispensationnoun

    the act of dispensing (giving out in portions)

Wiktionary

  1. dispensationnoun

    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. dispensationnoun

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

  3. dispensationnoun

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

  4. dispensationnoun

    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.).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Dispensationnoun

    Etymology: from dispensatio, Latin.

    This perpetual circulation is constantly promoted, by a dispensation of water promiscuously and indifferently to all parts of the earth. John Woodward, Natural History.

    God delights in the ministries of his own choice, and the methods of grace, in the œconomy of heaven, and the dispensations of eternal happiness. Jeremy Taylor, Worthy Communicant.

    Neither are God’s methods or intentions different in his dispensations to each private man. John Rogers, Sermon 16.

    Do thou, my soul, the destin’d period wait,
    When God shall solve the dark decrees of fate;
    His now unequal dispensations clear,
    And make all wise and beautiful appear. Thomas Tickell.

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

ChatGPT

  1. dispensation

    Dispensation is the act of exempting someone from certain rules and regulations, or the system or arrangement that allows for this exception. It can also refer to the order or management of affairs in a religious or political system. In a religious context, it may refer to a divine ordering of affairs of the world or a period of time during which a particular divine order is in effect.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dispensationnoun

    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. Dispensationnoun

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

  3. Dispensationnoun

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

  4. Dispensationnoun

    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.)

  5. Etymology: [F. dispensation, L. dispensatio.]

Wikidata

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dispensation

    dis-pen-sā′shun, n. the act of dispensing or dealing out: various methods or stages of God's dealing with His creatures—Patriarchal, Mosaic, Christian: the distribution of good and evil in the divine government: license or permission to neglect a rule.—adjs. Dispens′ative, Dispens′atory, granting dispensation.—advs. Dispens′atively, Dispens′atorily.—n. Dispens′atory, a book containing medical prescriptions.—adj. Dispens′ing.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dispensation in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dispensation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of dispensation in a Sentence

  1. Paranjoy Guha Thakurta:

    After all Vice Chairman Anil Ambani's India's richest man, Vice Chairman Anil Ambani has therefore the deepest pockets in this country, i can say without any risk of contradiction that Vice Chairman Anil Ambani has been supported by a favorable political dispensation and a regulatory regime.

  2. Babatunde Fashola:

    It suffered delays as a result of partisan political differences in the last dispensation. After the first tranche was disbursed there was a freeze on the second tranche.

  3. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa:

    In the current form, the system places disproportionate burden on the low and middle-income households, this new dispensation demonstrates that we are a listening and caring government.

  4. Peter Navarro:

    If that [NAFTA] negotiation is unsuccessful then tariffs will be applied across the board, now, importantly, in addition to that, there is language that will allow other countries to effectively propose ways that they could get a similar dispensation in exchange for more fair and reciprocal trade with the United States.

  5. Joel Finack:

    In this dispensation, God has clearly included the burial and resurrection of Christ along with His death as a part of 'the gospel' (1 Cor. 151-4)...It is God who has set these terms as the content of our faith in order to be saved. This is the METHOD of salvation in this day of grace.

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