Definitions of dispensation

  1. a share that has been dispensed or distributed
  2. the act of dispensing ( giving out in portions)
  3. 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.
  4. That which is dispensed, dealt out, or appointed; that which is enjoined or bestowed
  5. A system of principles, promises, and rules ordained and administered; scheme; economy; as, the Patriarchal, Mosaic, and Christian dispensations.
  6. 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.).
  7. The act of giving out in portions; distribution; that which is appointed by a higher power; the suspending of a rule in some particular case; a license granted from the Pope, or by a bishop.
  8. The act of dispensing or dealing out: the dealing of God with His creatures: the distribution of good and evil in the divine government: license or permission to neglect a rule.
  9. Act of dispensing; dealing, esp. of Providence; exemption from a law.
  10. The act of dispensing.
  11. Exemption as from an ecclesiastical rule.
  12. A special divine revelation or dealing.
  13. Distribution, or the act of dispensing; administration; the dealing of God with His creatures, or the distribution of good and evil, natural or moral, in the divine government of the world; God's manner of dealing with man in grace at different stages in the work of redemption; the granting of a licence by the Pope, or the licence itself, to free one from an obligation, generally a prohibition, prescribed by the canons of the Church; the act by which the bishop of a diocese licenses a clergyman to hold two or more benefices, or to reside out of the boundaries of his parish.