The system which God chooses to dispense or establish between Himself and man. The dispensation of Adam was that between Adam and God; the dispensation of Abraham, and that of Moses, were those imparted to these holy men; the Gospel dispensation is that explained in the Gospels. (Latin, dis-penso, to spread forth, unroll, explain, reveal.)
“A dispensation was obtained to enable Dr. Barrow to marry.”—Ward.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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