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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Coursable, Cursable, a. Also: cours-, cursabill, corrsabile. [Cf. F. coursable (Cotgrave).]

1. Of money: Current, having currency. 1451 Acts II. 40/1.
The croune … that rinnis now in France for coursable payment
1544 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 208.
The sovm of twelf hundreth … alevin pundis … monye of Scotland, in cursabill and vsuall pennijs

2. In legal use, esp. of brieves (of the chapel) giving possession of lands. c1450-2 Howlat 225.
The crovs capone … Was officiale … that the law leidis In caussis consistoriale, that ar coursable
1463 Acts XII. 28/2.
I haue daily persewit … to haue had coursabill brevis of ȝoure chapell eftir the tennour of my peticionis
1473 Lennox Mun. 102.
We haf … grantit him brevis corrsabile, be the quhilkis he is enteryt to the lordschip … of the saymyne
1478 Acta Aud. 67.
The lordis … ordanis the said partijs tak breuis of diuision, or ony vther coursable breuis of our souuerain lordis chapell
1492 Acta Conc. 270/2.
Robert Dowglas … askit William, lord of Sanct Johns, to gif him cursable breuez of his chapell on the landis of Espirston [etc.]
1501 Reg. Privy S. I. 102/2.
Ay and quhill the lauchfull aeris … enter lauchfullie be coursable brevis of the chapell
1512 Crim. Trials I. 77.
Sa that … thair airis may succeid to tham in thair landis, … and entir thairto be coursable brevis of our Chapell
1549 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 272.
To the effect that he ma be enterit, be cursable brewis of our chapell, as nerrest tutour of law to Dauid Arrot

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