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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).

Criminabill, -able, a. Also: crym-, creminabill. [? Med. L. criminabilis.]

1. Capable of being regarded or indicted as crimes. a1500 Bk. Chess 696.
Richt sa twa alphinis suld thair be but fable, Ane set in blak for causis criminable
c1500 Makc. MS. 24/18.
O schast conclaw of clene virginite, That closit Crist but crimys criminabill
1531 Maxwell Mem. I. 263.
Dischargand the sayd Erle … for all akciones civile, creminabill [etc.]
1596 Dalr. I. 135/5. Ib. II. 356/13.
Of quhilke cryme sa criminable, Ferleg to flie the panes of his deseruing, willinglie was banissed

2. Capable of being accused of crime. 1531 Bell. Boece I. 50.
He punist theiffis, revers, and othir criminabill personis
Ib. II. 209. 1533 Bell. Livy II. 224/21.
Baith thir twa last consullis … war haldin as cryminabill afore the pepil
1622-6 Bisset I. 32/26.
Conranus … punisched mony criminabill persones according to thair demereittis

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