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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Immov(e)abil(l, adj. Also: -able, immowabill, inmovable, -mowible. [ME. immouable ( 1387–8), inmoeueable (c 1374).]

1. In legal contexts, of property, as land, buildings, etc., which cannot be moved, in contrast with movable goods. 1456 Reg. Panmure II. 240.
All our … gudis, movabil and immovabil, … to be strenȝeit … and away led
1506 Glasgow Dioc. Reg. II. 163.
All … myn and tharis gudis, movable and immovable
1550 Breadalbane Coll. MS. (Reg. H.) No. 76.
His gudis & geyr mowible & inmowible
1559 Montgomery Mem. 155.
Vnder the pane of my guidis, movable and immowable
1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v. Attachiamentum.
First the moveabill gudes … suld be first discussed, thereafter his lands & immoveabill gudes may be comprised

2. Incapable of being moved, firmly fixed; motionless, stationary. 1513 Doug. ix. vii. 174.
Quhill the … ofspring of Ene The stane immovabill of the Capitolie Inhabits
1533 Boece xi. xviii. 443 b.
Olave and Enet … stude inmovable with thare ordorit power
1589 Coll. Aberd. & B. 355.
My haill insycht plenissing furnitour or ornamentis ... to ... remane with my saidis houssis ... immowabill and wnseparabill thairfra

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