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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 dis·pen·sa·tion /ˌdɪspənˈseʃən, ˌpɛn-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Dis·pen·sa·tion n.
 1. 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.   --Burke.
 2. That which is dispensed, dealt out, or appointed; that which is enjoined or bestowed; especially Theol., A system of principles, promises, and rules ordained and administered; scheme; economy; as, the Patriarchal, Mosaic, and Christian dispensations.
    Neither are God's methods or intentions different in his dispensations to each private man.   --Rogers.
 3. 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.   --Ward.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: an exemption from some rule or obligation
      2: a share that has been dispensed or distributed
      3: the act of dispensing (giving out in portions)

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    (Gr. oikonomia, "management," "economy"). (1.) The method or
    scheme according to which God carries out his purposes towards
    men is called a dispensation. There are usually reckoned three
    dispensations, the Patriarchal, the Mosaic or Jewish, and the
    Christian. (See COVENANT, Administration of.) These
    were so many stages in God's unfolding of his purpose of grace
    toward men. The word is not found with this meaning in
      (2.) A commission to preach the gospel (1 Cor. 9:17; Eph.
    1:10; 3:2; Col. 1:25).
      Dispensations of Providence are providential events which
    affect men either in the way of mercy or of judgement.