Word forms: dispensations
1. variable noun A dispensation is special permission to do something that is normally not allowed. ⇒ A special dispensation may by obtained from the domestic union concerned. [+ from] ⇒ They were promised dispensation from military service. ⇒ The committee was not prepared to use its discretion and grant special dispensation. 2. uncountable noun Dispensation of something is the issuing of it, especially from a position of authority. [formal] [+ of] ⇒ ...our application of consistent standards in the dispensation of justice. 3. countable noun [usu supp N]
A dispensation is a religious or political system that has authority at a particular time. ⇒ The new dispensation proved a success, certainly with the business community.
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