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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).

Invincible, Invinsable, a. Also: invincibill, -ibyll, invyncibil(l, -ybill, invinsibill; invinsabil; invynciabill, inwynciable. [e.m.E. invinceable (1563), ME. and e.m.E. invincible, invyncyble (1412–20), L. invincibilis.] Invincible, unconquerable. b. fig. Unsurmountable, insuperable.(a) c1500-c1512 Dunb. vii. 20.
Welcum, invincible victour
1513 Doug. viii. v. 33.
Invyncybill weriour
1533 Boece iv. xii. 144.
The insulanis … thinking na thing mycht be deficill nor invinsibill to sic invasouris
1549 Compl. 20/25.
The grite tour of Babilone … aperit to be perdurabil ande inuyncibil
1562-3 Winȝet II. 7/7.
The inuincible wallis of vanitie
(b) c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxxxvi. 22.
Our wicht invinsable [v.r. inwynciabill] Sampson
1531 Bell. Boece I. 106.
Vespasian tuk gret admiration seing Caratak of sa invinsabil sperit
1535 Stewart 49251.
Fortoun … saw he wes so inuynciabill and wycht
b. 1562-3 Winȝet II. 81/19.
Conuict in conscience be the invincible treuth in this litle buke
1673 Justiciary Rec. II. 191.
The pannell was not in an invincible ignorance [of his wife's being still alive]

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