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special permission
  • How to Memorize
    • dispensation - permission
  • Analysis

    The formal word ‘dispensation’ refers to approval, typically given by somebody in authority, to do something that is normally not allowed. It can also be used to refer to the act of ‘dispensing’ or providing somebody with something as part of an official process. Most commonly used in a professional context with the word ‘special’ preceding it.

  • Exam DBSpoken DBOther
    Synonymsallocationpromissory, entitlement,
    Antonymsembargo, disallowance, prohibition,
  • Example(s)
    1. Nobody is supposed to leave the conference before it’s over, but I was granted special dispensation because my wife is sick.

    2. A right to a legal defence and the appointment of an impartial judge and jury are paramount to the fair and equitable dispensation of justice.

    3. Although parades are not normally allowed in the town, I have lobbied the local council for special dispensation in order to celebrate our team winning the recent cup final.