Dispensation

Definition of Dispensation

Dis`pen`sa´tion
n.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 administration.
To respect the dispensations of Providence.
- Burke.
2.(Theol.) That which is dispensed, dealt out, or appointed; that which is enjoined or bestowed
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.

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