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English definition of “dispensation”

dispensation

noun uk   /ˌdɪs.penˈseɪ.ʃən/ formal us  

dispensation noun (PERMISSION)

[C or U] special permission, especially from the Church, to do something that is not usually allowed: The couple have requested (a) special dispensation from the Church to allow them to marry.

dispensation noun (SYSTEM)

[C] a political or religious system controlling a country at a particular time
(Definition of dispensation from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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