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.
- 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 of dispensationMiddle English dispensacioun ; from Old French despensation ; from Classical Latin dispensatio, management, charge ; from past participle of dispensare, dispense
- 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 of dispensationMedieval Latin dispēnsātiō, dispēnsātiōn-, from Latin, distribution, management, from dispēnsātus, past participle of dispēnsāre, to distribute; see dispense.
- 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.
- That which is dispensed, dealt out, or appointed; that which is enjoined or bestowed
- A system of principles, promises, and rules ordained and administered; scheme; economy; as, the Patriarchal, Mosaic, and Christian dispensations.
- 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.).
From Old French despensacion