- Dispensation is defined as special permission to not have to follow a rule or to not be bound by a particular code of behavior.
An example of dispensation is when your boss gives you special permission to skip a required training course.
dispensation definition by Webster's New World
- a dispensing, or giving out; distribution
- anything dispensed or distributed
- the system by which anything is administered; management
- any release or exemption from an obligation
- Law the suspension of a statute in a specific case for extenuating reasons
- R.C.Ch. an exemption or release from the provisions of a specific church law
- the ordering of events under divine authority
- any religious system
Origin: Middle English dispensacioun ; from Old French despensation ; from Classical Latin dispensatio, management, charge ; from past participle of dispensare, dispense
- dispensational adjective
dispensation definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The act of dispensing.b. Something dispensed.c. A specific arrangement or system by which something is dispensed.
- An exemption or release from an obligation or rule, granted by or as if by an authority.
- a. An exemption from a church law, a vow, or another similar obligation granted in a particular case by an ecclesiastical authority.b. The document containing this exemption.
- Theology a. The divine ordering of worldly affairs.b. A religious system or code of commands considered to have been divinely revealed or appointed.
Origin: Medieval Latin dispēnsātiō, dispēnsātiōn-, from Latin, distribution, management, from dispēnsātus, past participle of dispēnsāre, to distribute; see dispense.
- disˌpen·saˈtion·al adjective