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The American Church Dictionary and Cycopedia
A formal license, granted by ecclesiastical authority, to do something which is not ordinarily permitted by the canons, or to leave undone something that may be prescribed. In the American Canons, dispensation has special reference to an official act by the Bishop whereby he may excuse candidates for Holy Orders from pursuing certain studies required by canon.
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Miller, William James. Entry for 'Dispensation'. The American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/acd/d/dispensation.html. 1901.
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