Middle English Dictionary Entry

dispensaciǒun n.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) Power to dispose of wealth; (b) eccl. stewardship; (c) physiol. function.
Theol. Divine ordering or arrangement of events; dispensation, providence; ~ of God; the last dai of ~, the day of the Last Judgment.
(a) Eccl. The granting, usually by ecclesiastical authority, of special license to dispense with what is enjoined by church law or obligation; exemption from church law, impediment of kinship, etc.; (papal) dispensation; maken ~; also, a license so granted; (b) withoute ~, without exception.