Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of becoming surety for another.
  • noun In international law, an act or engagement made on behalf of a state by an agent not specially authorized. Such conventions must be confirmed by express or tacit ratification.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of becoming surety for another.
  • noun (Internat. Law) An act or engagement on behalf of a state, by an agent not specially authorized for the purpose, or by one who exceeds the limits of authority.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of becoming surety for another.
  • noun An act or engagement on behalf of a state, by an agent not specially authorized for the purpose, or by one who exceeds the limits of authority.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Latin sponsio, from spondere, sponsum ("to promise solemnly").

Examples

  • In this state the apostle interposes himself by a voluntary sponsion, to undertake for Onesimus: “I Paul have written it with my own hand,” Egō apotisō; — “I Paul will answer for the whole.”

    The Doctrine of Justification by Faith

  • As the supreme governor, lawgiver, and judge of all, unto whom it belonged to take care that his holy law was observed, or the offenders punished, he admitted, upon the transgression of it, the sponsion and suretiship of Christ to answer for the sins of men, Heb. x.

    The Doctrine of Justification by Faith

  • And this voluntary sponsion was one ground of the imputation of our sin unto Christ.

    The Doctrine of Justification by Faith

  • 9 — Voluntary sponsion, the ground of the imputation of sin to Christ.

    The Doctrine of Justification by Faith

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