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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).

Answerable, a. Also: aunswerable, answerabill, ansuerable, etc. [e.m.E. answerable (1518).]

1. Liable to answer; responsible.1586 Misc. Bann. C. II. 60 (ansyrable for the same to … ). 1598–9 Montgomery Mem. 242 (ansuerable for sic personis). 1604 Urie Baron Ct. 4 (euerie husbandman to be ansorable for his cotteris). 1622-6 Bisset I. 255/8 (gif he be nocht ansuerabill nor responsall of himself).

2. Corresponding or accordant (to something); adequate, suitable.1577 Hay Nobilitie 54 (his lands lie aunswerable to his stiles). 1593 St. A. Kirk S. 754 (teachearis ansorabill in number to the undertakin of the charge). 1614 Highland P. III. 162 (to mak a new plantatioun answerabill to that of Ulstir). 1622-6 Bisset I. 112/8 (sufficiencie of answerabill qualificatioun).

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