What does the word dispensation mean?

Usage examples for dispensation

  1. Under the new dispensation Paul says: " There can be neither Jew nor Greek; there can be neither bond nor free; there can be no male and female: for ye are all one man in Christ Jesus." – Women of Early Christianity Woman: In all ages and in all countries, Vol. 3 (of 10) by Alfred Brittain Mitchell Carroll
  2. Though his wife could not feel warmly towards her the old man regarded her presence in the house as a happy dispensation to which he owed many a pleasant hour, not only over the draughts- board. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  3. The disease was the result of his early lawless life and of the freedom which he claimed, even in later years- pleading a special dispensation from on high as a divinely inspired prophet. – Modern Magic by Maximilian Schele de Vere