Definition of dispensation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌdɪspenˈseɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪspenˈseɪʃn//
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  1. 1 [countable, uncountable] special permission, especially from a religious leader, to do something that is not usually allowed or legal She needed a special dispensation to remarry. The sport's ruling body gave him dispensation to compete in national competitions.
  2. 2[uncountable] (formal) the act or process of providing something, especially by somebody in authority the dispensation of justice
  3. 3 [countable] (specialist) a political or religious system that operates in a country at a particular time
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin dispensatio(n-), from the verb dispensare ‘continue to weigh out or disburse’, from the verb dispendere, based on pendere ‘weigh’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dispensation