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noun dispensation pronunciation in American English /ˌdɪspənˈseɪʃ(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] formal official permission to do something that people are not normally allowed to do, especially from a religious authority
    special dispensation:

    He was given special dispensation from a local rabbi to work on the holiday.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] formal the process of providing a supply of something, especially officially

    the dispensation of justice

  3. 3
    [countable] very formal a political or religious system in use at a particular time

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