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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Instabill, Instable, a. [Late ME. instable (Caxton), L. instabilis.] Unstable. — 1513 Doug. x. iii. 76.
How instabill was all warldis chance
1531 Bell. Boece I. 133.
Fortoun, the instabill gidar of mortall creatouris
Ib. II. 155.
Fortoun, of quhais instable favoure we have sufficient documentis
1533 Boece iv. xviii. 159.
The instabil lawis of Fortune

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