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Inhability(e, n. Also: inhabilitie, , -ey, inhabelitie, inhabilatie. [med. L. inhabilitas, F. inhabilité, e.m.E. inhabillite (1588): cf. Inabiltie n., Inhibilitie.]

1. Inability, in usual senses; incapacity, unfitness, incompetence. Afore thay dayis na man … , for feir of conscience and doubt of his inhabilitie, wald resaue the office of ane pastour; Winȝet I. 7/3.
Mr. Robert Pont … confessed his inhabilitie in respect of the laicke of the Irish tongue; 1563 Calderwood in R. Keith Hist. 528.
To preiwe the said Androis inhabilitie to travell; 1576 Digest Justiciary Proc. I. 10.
All persounes … convict of drunkines … sall … pay thrie pundis or incace of inhabilitye … to be put in joggis; 1617 Acts IV. 548/1.
Upone consideratione of the inhabilitie of thair aun burrow mylnes aforsaids to serve the said sucken … throw the want of water; 1659 Irvine Mun. II. 81.
It was that parliament which took upon them to judge of the hability of these sixty, and of the inhability of other presbyters to govern; 1692 Presb. Eloq. (ed. 2) 61.

b. Physical incapacity, infirmity. Throw his aige and inhabilitie of his persone; 1547 Misc. Spald. C. II. 203.
I can nocht subscriue this my testament becaus of the inhabilitie in my handis; 1585 Edinb. Test. XIV. 193.
My inhabilitie and auld eage; 1593 Maxwell Mem. II. 168.
In respect of thair ministers inhabilitie, having gotten ane fall; 1637 Kirkcaldy Presb. 121.

c. Lack of means or resources; financial incapacity. The saidis burrowis … in respect of thair pouertye and inhabilitye hoipis his maiestie … will not impoise [etc.]; 1615 Highland P. III. 229.
The saids provest [etc,] … pondering the necessitie of the wark, with the inhabilitie and weaknes of this toun; 1646 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 62.

2. Legal disqualification, the loss of legal rights. Of payn of cursyng and inhabilite; 1441 Coldingham Priory cxxxiii. 117.
Vnder the pane of mansueryng, inhabilitey and infame; 1488 Liber Melros 618.
Under the pane of maensweiring, defamacion and inhabilite; 1521 Stirling B. Rec. I. 10.
The provest and chaptour decernit the samyn [beadsmanship] vacand … be inhabilatie of the samyn nocht keipand the tennour of the fundatioun; 1576 Reg. Soltre 231.

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"Inhability(e n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 21 Feb 2019 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/dost/inhabilitye>



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