E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The sub-lapsarian maintains that God devised His scheme of redemption after the lapse or fall of Adam, when He elected some to salvation and left others to run their course. The supra-lapsarian maintains that all this was ordained by God from the foundation of the world, and therefore before the lapse or fall of Adam.