dispensation dispensation  /ˌdɪs pən ˈseɪ ʃən/


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


  1. Before the Catholic Church will issue a dispensation permitting marriage with a non-Catholic, there must be agreement that all offspring will be brought up in the Church.
  2. What caused all the flurry was that the Pope had granted Goethe a special dispensation to continue living under the same roof with his wife.
  3. About 315 of the 380 nuns decided to follow their president, Sister Anita Caspary, in asking for dispensation from church vows.


  1. Felon at 17 changes her life around

    Because of her criminal record, Limia needed and won a special dispensation from the Florida Bar to become an attorney.
    on June 18, 2013     Source: WPTV West Palm Beach

  2. Modern road work: Too much noise?

    Q: I live right next to the site of the 15th Street Bridge replacement in Allentown and I was wondering if they have some special dispensation allowing them to operate heavy machinery hours before city sound ordinances allow. More than once I've been awakened before 6 a.m. to the dulcet sounds of heavy construction equipment.        
    on June 14, 2013     Source: The Morning Call

  3. Hartford kicks good Samaritan barber out of park

    A good Samaritan who gave haircuts to the homeless in Hartford was recently asked to stop after it was determined he was "not a licensed barber," according to the Connecticut Department of Health. However because of his generosity, local officials granted him special dispensation to continue his services.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Eyewitness News 3 Hartford


  1. "Democratic change in Zimbabwe is within sight. Far from killing my spirit, the scars they brutally inflicted on me have re-energized me," Tsvangirai wrote. "I seek no martyrdom. I only seek a new dispensation in my country in which citizens...
    on Mar 16, 2007 By: Morgan Tsvangirai Source: Taipei Times

  2. "Jerry Jones knows exactly how big and important this event is, which is why it was so easy to put this deal together. As a lifelong Giants fan, I had to receive special dispensation from Steve Tisch, the Giants' Chairman and Executive Vice...
    on Jan 10, 2010 By: Bob Arum Source: FanHouse

  3. Aizue, who joined the Robins in 2003, said: "I feel at home at this club. I am so grateful to the RFL for giving me special dispensation."
    on Sep 8, 2008 By: Makali Aizue Source: Sportinglife.com

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