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as in:  dispensation of that era

Citizens are enjoying a fairer, less arbitrary dispensation.
  a system of order

or more rarely:

a period of history some Christians distinguish as having had a different divine approach to mankind

or archaically:

any act of God
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dispensation dispensations dispensational dispensatory
Dispensation has many reasonably common, but highly diverse senses. Accordingly, it is generally recommended that you just learn the sense (or senses) that currently interest you.
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  • Citizens are enjoying a fairer, less arbitrary dispensation.
  • Such is the dispensation of an all-wise Providence!
    Charles Dickens  --  The Chimes
  • She believes that Jesus’s sacrifice was the transition from dispensation of law to a new dispensation of grace.
  • The one called Lucas was a mild and meek-looking little gentleman of clerical aspect; he had been an itinerant evangelist, it transpired, and had seen the light and become a prophet of the new dispensation.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
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Associated words [difficulty]:   dispensation [7]
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   History, Religion & Spirtuality, Religion - Christianity
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