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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Agreable, Aggreable, adj. Also: agreabill, agrieable, -abell, agriable, aggreabill. [ME. agreable (Chaucer), OF. agréable, f. agréer: see Agre v.]

1. Agreeable, pleasing (to some one).1456 Hay II. 14/5 (gude and agreable to God); 61/21. 1570 Leslie 227 (do to her most aggreabill service).

2. Suitable or fitting; answering, corresponding; consonant.1476 Acta Aud. 51/2 (S. sal mary … [a] persone aggreable). a1500 Henr. Fab. 580 (ane sentence richt agreabil). 1496 Acta Conc. II. 25 (profferand to him ane aggreable mariage). 1501 Doug. Pal. Hon. Prol. 76 (syonis with leuis aggreabill). 1576 Reg. S. Trin. 233 (ane aggreable iugement of the Lordis prayer). 1582 Declar. Causis 20 (mariage with a party agriable).1619 Edinb. Test. L. 216 (silwer coupis with coveris agriabill).

b. Const. for, till, to, with.1522 Fife Sheriff Ct. 249 (offerit his sister in mariage as ane aggreable persone to him).1558 Q. Kennedy Tractive 101 (aggreabil tyll our purpose); 104 (aggreable for the establisching of our purpose). 1558-66 Knox II. 457 (agreable with the law of God). 1602 Conv. Burghs II. 138 (nocht agreabill to ressoun). 1668 Lamont Diary 207 (not aggrieabell to … philosophie).

3. Favourable, well-disposed.1513 Doug. i. xi. 76 (be happy and agreabill to strangearis); viii. iv. 206 (prayand thair goddis to be aggreable).

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"Agreable adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 27 Feb 2024 <>



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