An exemption from some laws; a permission to do somethingforbidden; an allowance to omit something commanded; the canonistic name for alicense. Wharton; Baldwin r. Taylor, 160 Pa. 507, 31 Atl. 250; Viele v. Insurance Co., 26 Iowa, 56, 96 Am. Dec. 83.A relaxation of law for the benefit or advantage of an individual. In the UnitedStates, no power exists, except in the legislature, to dispense with law; and then it isnot so much a dispensation as a change of the law. Bouvier.