- 1Exemption from a rule or usual requirement: although she was too young, she was given special dispensation to play two matches they were given a dispensation to take most of the first week offMore example sentences
- She applied to the College for dispensation from the requirement to re-sit her failed assessments, on the grounds that she had been involved in a number of car accidents, and she was suffering financial hardship.
- First of all I have to seek dispensation for compliance with rule 41.2.
- His eyes glisten with unshed tears as he reaches the threshold of his release, desperate to rid himself of the unwanted pleasure but requiring Kenneth's dispensation to do so.
- 1.1Permission to be exempted from the laws or observances of a church: he received papal dispensation to hold a number of beneficesMore example sentences
- Ordained as a priest, he received papal dispensation to pursue a career as an itinerant scholar and teacher, attaching himself to elite households and powerful printing firms throughout Europe.
- Initially the early Christians allowed divorce in cases of adultery, but later they taught that only death or Church dispensation could end a marriage.
- Henry considered it seriously enough to get a papal bull giving him dispensation to bring the Irish into the Catholic fold.
- 2A system of order, government, or organization of a nation, community, etc., especially as existing at a particular time: scholarship is conveyed to a wider audience than under the old dispensationMore example sentences
- British policy had developed in the early 1970s as a twin track of levying war and constructing a political dispensation.
- The older dispensation was not as bad as liberal commentators and story-tellers would have us believe, but it is gone forever and will not return.
- Unless dialogue is allowed to be the hallmark, very little succeeds especially in political dispensations.
- 2.1(In Christian theology) a divinely ordained order prevailing at a particular period of history: the Mosaic dispensationMore example sentences
- We should now very briefly note that there is a fourth context in which Paul mentions the law, that of direct comparison between the dispensation of law and the dispensation of faith in Christ.
- Throughout all dispensations, these have been the unchanging requirements for living in a covenant relationship with God.
- Dispensationalists differ as to the number and extent of these dispensations.
- 2.2 • archaic An act of divine providence: the laws to which the creator in all his dispensations conformsMore example sentences
- ‘Death,’ wrote Washington, ‘was leveling my companions on every side of me; but, by the all-powerful dispensations of Providence, I have been protected.’
- The majority are already resigned to the dispensations of Providence.
- Divine dispensation determined to honor her in this station so that, having scorned the king's servant, she came to be coupled with the king himself and bring forth royal children.
- 3The action of distributing or supplying something: regulations controlling dispensation of medicationsMore example sentences
- As professionals, pharmacists should offer information on use and dispensation of medication, not their particular religious convictions.
- As the controversies over dispensation of the western territories grew unavoidable, so the Jacksonian political alignments crumbled.
- To this effect, it is imperative that Zambia takes stock of its investment in health infrastructure before originating grandiose plans on medical dispensation.
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- They were deeply loyal to the biblical text, not dispensational, devoted to a style of conservative theology that could hold its own in the world of ideas, and they believed in the central importance of evangelism.
- By the 1960s, a group of Fellowship Baptists founded London Baptist College so that a more thoroughly dispensational position was articulated.
- Strongly tied to biblical inerrancy was dispensational premillennialism, which predicted the imminent return of Jesus Christ to earth.
late Middle English: from Latin dispensatio(n-), from the verb dispensare (see dispense).