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Dispensation, 1) exemption from law, granting of a license: “a d. may be had,” H6A V, 3, 86.
2) a tampering with sth., a specious pretence for evading a duty, a plausible excuse: “and with good thoughts makes d., urging the worser sense for vantage still,” Lucr. 248. “he rather means to lodge you in the field, than seek a d. for his oath,” LLL II, 87.
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