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dispensation

dis·pen·sa·tion

dispensation

pronunciation:
dIs pen seI shn
part of speech: noun
definition 1: an act or instance of giving out, or the thing given out; distribution.
similar words:
allotment, dole
definition 2: a system or arrangement of distribution or administration, esp. the divine ordering of human affairs.
By dispensation of the king, courts were established in every province.
definition 3: an exemption or release from some obligation or rule, granted by some authority, or the document making such a grant, esp. an exemption from a religious law or vow, granted by church authority.
derivation: dispensational (adj.)