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Pronunciation:  `dispun'seyshun

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

DISPENSATION is a 12 letter word that starts with D.


 See Also: distribution, license, part, percentage, permission, permit, portion, share



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Dis`pen*sa"tion\, n. [F. dispensation, L.
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

         To respect the dispensations of Providence. --Burke.

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

         Neither are God's methods or intentions different in
         his dispensations to each private man. --Rogers.

3. 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.).

         A dispensation was obtained to enable Dr. Barrow to
         marry.                                --Ward.

Easton Bible Dictionary

(Gr. oikonomia, "management," "economy"). (1.) The method or scheme according to which God carries out his purposes towards men is called a dispensation. There are usually reckoned three dispensations, the Patriarchal, the Mosaic or Jewish, and the Christian. (See COVENANT, Administration of.) These were so many stages in God's unfolding of his purpose of grace toward men. The word is not found with this meaning in Scripture.

(2.) A commission to preach the gospel (1 Cor. 9:17; Eph. 1:10; 3:2; Col. 1:25).

Dispensations of Providence are providential events which affect men either in the way of mercy or of judgement.

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