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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Importabil(l, -able, a. Also: -abyll. [ME. (Chaucer), e.m.E., and OF. importable, L. importābilis.] Too heavy to be carried or borne; chiefly fig., insupportable, unbearable. a1500 Henr. III. 174/58 (B).
With passing pouerty pryd is importable
1528 Lynd. Dreme 244.
Importabyll paine thay had, but confortyng
1531 Bell. Boece I. 31.
Gif we do sic importabil schame to our prince
Id. Livy I. 118/28.
Tarquyne was gretumlie troublit for the importabill expens daly rising be this magnificent bigging
1555 Peebles B. Rec. 223.
[Unable] to sustene the importabill taxationes raisit vpone thame
1590 Conv. Burghs I. 313.
Liklye to incur his maiesties wreth and importabill punisment
1609 Crim. Trials II. 577.
Befoir I sould ly ony longer vnder this most importable burding of his maiesteis heavie displeasour
1622-6 Bisset I. 49/29.
Mony importabill injuries and wrangis done to thame

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