- Def: Dispensation 1. an act or instance of dispensing; distribution; 2. something that is distributed or given out; 3. a certain order, system, or arrangement; administration or management; 4. Theology. the divine ordering of the affairs of the world; an appointment, arrangement, or favor, as by God; a divinely appointed order or age;
- Origin: 1325–75; ME dispensacioun < ML dispénsātiōn- (s. of dispénsātiō) a pardon, relaxation, LL: order, system, divine grace, L: distribution, equiv. to dispénsāt(us) (ptp. of dispénsāre to dispense; see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion;
- Synonyms: dispersion, meting out, apportioning, dissemination, bestowal.