AskDefine | Define dispensation

Dictionary Definition



1 an exemption from some rule or obligation
2 a share that has been dispensed or distributed
3 the act of dispensing (giving out in portions)

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  1. 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.
  2. That which is dispensed, dealt out, or appointed; that which is enjoined or bestowed
  3. A system of principles, promises, and rules ordained and administered; scheme; economy; as, the Patriarchal, Mosaic, and Christian dispensations.
  4. 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.).


Extensive Definition

  • Dispensation is the act of distributing goods or services, especially those that are regulated, as in the practice of pharmacists.
  • In Protestant Christian theology, a dispensation is a distinctive arrangement or period in which the purpose of God is worked out. A number of organizations and confessions recognize dispensation as a type of administration.. Dispensationalism though is a specific Christian theological view that teaches specific periods of time called dispensations form the framework through which God relates to mankind.
  • In the Bahá'í Faith, a dispensation is a period of progressive revelation relating to the major religions of humanity.


dispensation in French: Dispensation

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