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1  —as in:
received dispensation to
Definition an exemption from some rule or obligation
  • A last-minute dispensation enabled her to get the experimental drug.
dispensation = an exemption from some rule or obligation
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The 70 year-old protestant minister became a Roman Catholic priest with special dispensation from the Pope to continue living under the same roof with his wife.
  • King Henry VIII required a papal dispensation to marry Catherine.
  • At that time, a Hungarian was not permitted to marry a woman of another class except by special dispensation of the State.
  • dispensation = an exemption from some rule or obligation
  • And yet a dispensation may be had.
    Shakespeare  --  King Henry VI, Part 1
  • He was in charge of the dormitory; one of the dispensations of those days of deliverance, I realized now, had been his absence.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • dispensations = normal burdens that were removed
  • Jem's free dispensation of my pledge irked me, but precious noontime minutes were ticking away.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
dispensation = granting of an exemption or exception

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2  —as in:
dispensation of justice
Definition distribution of something; or administration of a service
  • The agency coordinates dispensation of medical supplies in event of a national shortage.
dispensation = distribution
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Dispensation of controlled substances is carefully monitored.
  • dispensation = distribution
  • Rural areas of Afghanistan are not accustomed to looking toward the central government for dispensation of justice.

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3  —as in:
gave me my dispensation of meds
Definition something given - typically given by an official
  • We receive our dispensation of medical supplies each Friday.
dispensation = something given - typically given by an official

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4  —as in:
dispensation of that era
Definition a system of order

or more rarely:

a period of history some Christians distinguish as having had a different divine approach to mankind

or archaically:

any act of God
  • Citizens are enjoying a fairer, less arbitrary dispensation.
dispensation = system of order
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Such is the dispensation of an all-wise Providence!
    Charles Dickens  --  The Chimes
  • She believes that Jesus's sacrifice was the transition from dispensation of law to a new dispensation of grace.
  • 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.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • There were many men and women in Umuofia who did not feel as strongly as Okonkwo about the new dispensation. The white man had indeed brought a lunatic religion, but he had also built a trading store and for the first time palm-oil and kernel became things of great price, and much money flowed into Umuofia.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
dispensation = system of order

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