• WordNet 3.6
    • n dispensation the act of dispensing (giving out in portions)
    • n dispensation an exemption from some rule or obligation
    • n dispensation a share that has been dispensed or distributed
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When the Pez mint dispenser was first introduced it was meant to replace the activity of smoking
    • Dispensation (Theol) That which is dispensed, dealt out, or appointed; that which is enjoined or bestowed "Neither are God's methods or intentions different in his dispensations to each private man."
    • Dispensation The act of dispensing or dealing out; distribution; often used of the distribution of good and evil by God to man, or more generically, of the acts and modes of his administration. "To respect the dispensations of Providence."
    • Dispensation The relaxation of a law in a particular case; permission to do something forbidden, or to omit doing something enjoined; specifically, in the Roman Catholic Church, exemption from some ecclesiastical law or obligation to God which a man has incurred of his own free will (oaths, vows, etc.). "A dispensation was obtained to enable Dr. Barrow to marry."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Betsy Ross is the only real person to ever have been the head on a Pez dispenser.
    • n dispensation The act of dispensing or dealing out; distribution: as, the dispensation of royal favors; the dispensation of good and evil by Divine Providence.
    • n dispensation A particular distribution of blessing or affliction dispensed by God to a person, family, community, or nation, in the course of his dealings with his creatures; that which is dispensed or dealt out by God: as, a sad dispensation; a merciful dispensation.
    • n dispensation In theology: The method or scheme by which God has at different times developed his purposes, and revealed himself to man; or the body of privileges bestowed, and duties and responsibilities enjoined, in connection with that scheme or method of revelation: as, the old or Jewish dispensation; the new or Gospel dispensation. See grace.
    • n dispensation A period marked by a particular development of the divine purpose and revelation: as, the patriarchal dispensation (lasting from Adam to Moses); the Mosaic dispensation (from Moses to Christ); the Christian dispensation.
    • n dispensation Management; stewardship; an act or action as manager or steward.
    • n dispensation A relaxation of the law in some particular case; specifically, a license granted (as by the pope or a bishop) relieving or exempting a person in certain circumstances from the action, obligations, or penalties of some law or regulation. The ecclesiastical laws of the Roman Catholic Church give to the pope the power of granting dispensations in certain cases, and of deputing this power to bishops and others. In universities a dispensation is a permission to omit some exercise.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Public telephones in Israel are no longer operated by tokens as they were in the past. They are now operated by magnetic cards known in Hebrew as a telecart (tel-eh-cart). These plastic cards, the same size and shape as a credit card, are available at post offices, some hotel reception desks, street kiosks and dispensing machines.
    • n Dispensation dis-pen-sā′shun the act of dispensing or dealing out: various methods or stages of God's dealing with His creatures—Patriarchal, Mosaic, Christian: the distribution of good and evil in the divine government: license or permission to neglect a rule
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  • Eric Hoffer
    “One of the marks of a truly vigorous society is the ability to dispense with passion as a midwife of action --the ability to pass directly from thought to action.”
  • Freda Adler
    Freda Adler
    “There is another side to chivalry. If it dispenses leniency, it may with equal justification invoke control.”
  • Arthur Train
    Arthur Train
    “Court... a place where they dispense with justice.”
  • Plato
    “Democracy is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequal alike.”
  • Jean Francois Regnard
    Jean Francois Regnard
    “To know how to dispense with things is to possess them.”
  • John L. Motley
    John L. Motley
    “Give us the luxuries of life, and we will dispense with its necessaries.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. dispensation, L. dispensatio,


In literature:

Justice may be slow in the eyes of the creature of a day, seeing that He who shall dispense it has eternity at his disposal.
"The Heavenly Father" by Ernest Naville
Hence the Church never dispenses blessing except in the sign of the Cross.
"The Excellence of the Rosary" by M. J. Frings
In all his philosophy he would have been quite willing to dispense with God.
"Pascal's Pensées" by Blaise Pascal
In the eyes of Say Koitza, the whole afternoon appeared now like an uninterrupted chain of dispensations from Those Above.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
Finally, necessity, public as well as personal, dispenses from obligation to the law.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
Any dispensing druggist can put it up.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
In the first place, there is no ground for granting a dispensation.
"The White Sister" by F. Marion Crawford
It requires a direct dispensation from Heaven to become a walker.
"The Last Harvest" by John Burroughs
The total amount of the drug to be supplied must be stated, and it must not be dispensed more than once; the dispenser retains the prescription.
"Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology" by W. G. Aitchison Robertson
So should man submit to the dispensations of Omniscient wisdom.
"The Loyalists, Vol. 1-3" by Jane West

In poetry:

Oh, pale dispensers of my Joys and Pains,
Holding the doors of Heaven and of Hell,
How the hot blood rushed wildly through the veins
Beneath your touch, until you waved farewell.
"Kashmiri Song" by Laurence Hope
So would some tuberose delight,
That struck the pilgrim's wondering sight
'Mid lonely deserts drear;
All as at eve, the sovereign flower
Dispenses round its balmy power,
And crowns the fragrant year.
"A Pastoral Ode. To the Hon. Sir Richard Lyttleton" by William Shenstone
Whether dispensing hope, and ease
To the pale victim of disease,
Or in the social crowd you sit,
And charm the group with sense and wit,
Moore's partial ear will not disdain
Attention to my artless strain.
"An Epistle To Dr. Moore" by Helen Maria Williams
'And yet I do not ask thee, oh my Love,
To lead me to thee where thou art in Heaven.
Only I would that thou shouldst be my star,
And whatsoever Fate thy beams dispense
I am content. It shall be good to me.
"Crazed" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
The morn dispensed a dubious light,
A sudden mist had stolen from sight
Each pleasing vale and hill;
When Damon left his humble bowers,
To guard his flocks, to fence his flowers,
Or check his wandering rill.
"A Pastoral Ode. To the Hon. Sir Richard Lyttleton" by William Shenstone
O PEACE of mind, angelic guest!
Thou soft companion of the breast!
Dispense thy balmy store.
Wing all our thoughts to reach the skies,
Till earth, receding from our eyes, Shall vanish as we soar.
"The Captivity" by Oliver Goldsmith

In news:

Dresser Wayne's Global Ovation iX fuel dispenser .
At an exclusive event in Warsaw, Poland, Dresser Wayne launched its Global Ovation iX fuel dispenser .
The innovative Dry Product Dispenser from Server Products lets you accurately dispense precise portions of dry foods quickly and efficiently.
The Bench Cat dispenser is an affordable solution to automate fluid dispensing, spraying, and filling applications.
The Write-On™ Labeling Tape Dispensers can be used with one hand, making sample manipulation easier.
The Write-On™ Labeling Tape Dispensers can be used with one hand, making sample manipulation easier.
The model 704 Multiple Load Pallet Dispenser simultaneously feeds pallets to multiple palletizers by feeding pallets in up to three directions.
Technology of fuel dispensers has kept pace with the fast-paced society of today.
Chances Are You've Been Doing it Wrong-Tic Tac Dispenser Tutorial.
Ever frustrated with the ability to dispense just ONE Tic Tac at a time.
Microsoft Outlook Keels Over Dead, Do-Gooder Gates Gets 10% Dispensation.
Its Perlick Century Beer System is often referred to as the Rolls Royce of beer dispensing, guaranteeing a perfectly cold beer.
The Pasco County (FL) School District plans to install vending machines dispensing reimbursable breakfast and lunch meals as well as healthful snacks by the end of January, reports the Tampa Tribune.
So with that dispensed, let's talk once more about those two pro-casino measures on the Oregon ballot that have been abandoned by their sponsors.
The Model 780 spool valve provides a high rate of fluid flow during dispensing for fast cycling and increased production throughput.

In science:

Since the camera itself is dispensable, it is omitted from the picture.
Rotation in relativity and the propagation of light
We dispense with another superscript as not to overburden the notation.
Random walks conditioned to stay in Weyl chambers of type C and D
We show next that if the set A has some suitable properties we can dispense with the linear advice all together and replace it with only random bits.
Derandomizing from Random Strings
The dispensing of the glue dots requires 55 minutes per board.
Construction of a Digital Hadron Calorimeter
In addition to obtaining renormalizable mass for the RH neutrino through this mechanism, manifest unification of gauge couplings is also achieved purely by renormalizable interactions and, thus, non-renormalizable dim.5 operators used earlier are dispensed with.
Inverse see-saw, leptogenesis, observable proton decay and $\Delta^{\pm\pm}_{\rm R}$ in SUSY SO(10) with heavy W_R