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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).

Greable, Greabill, a. [ME. greable (1401), OF. gréable, f. gréer: see Gre v.1]

1. Pleasing. = Agreable 1. c1450-2 Howlat 8.
So soft was the sessoun our souerane dovne sent Throw the greable gift of his godhed
1528 Lynd. Dreme 28.
The blyssit Trynitie, That sic ane wracheit worme hes maid so habyll Tyll sic ane Prince to be so greabyll
1540 Id. Sat. 506.
Till everie stait I am so greabill, That few or nane refuses me, at ail

2. Suitable, fitting. = Agreable 2. [1405] Douglas Let. Henry IV. 143.
It had bene fayrar for him to haffe sende me that querell in to wryt … & till haff tane answere greable as afferit to him
1461 Melville Chart. 44.
I sall mary in ony greabill place be the avyse of my saide master
1486 Bk. Carlaverock II. 447.
The said Cuthbert [sall] mak ane mendis greabill to all that war hurt
a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 77.
First to dreid God … , Syne of his persone haue greable governyng

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