A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)
Leful(l, Lefful(l, Lefefull, Leif(f)ul(l, a.1 Also: -fule and leyf(f)ul(l, liefull, leef(f)ul(l, leafull. [ME. (14–15th c.) leefful, leefull, lefful, laifull, e.m.E. lefull, leefull, early ME. lefful, læfful, leaf-ful, f. OE. léaf (Leve n., Lefe n.2): cf. Levefull (and Lechfull).] Morally or legally permissible; right, proper, honest, lawful.
(1) He seruit sik blame … That that did fore ful desyre, Bot nocht for that he vedit wyf, Gyf it war leful & but strife; Leg. S. x. 374.
And redy all till hys [the Pope's] byddyng In lefull [C. lefful] and in honest thyng; Wynt. vi. Prol. 34.
Thare beyn twa luffis, perfyte and imperfyte, That ane leful, the tother fowle delyte; Doug. iv. Prol. 113.
Prowes but vyce is provit lefull thyng; Ib. xi. Prol. 9.
It salbe leifull to thame to cum and sell and mak lefull merchandice of the said geir; 1514 Acta Conc. MS. XXVI. 12.
It is deidly syn to … disobey the … leful command of the King and his officiaris; Hamilton Cat. 83.
It is the best and wonder lefull taill That I haue hard this mony ȝeir but faill; Rolland Seven S. 4719.
I vill not spair to … perform all lefull offices of kyndnes lying in my pouer; Colville Parænese Ep. 4.
(b) Na sal it be lefful to thaim that hiddertil thai war wont to do [L. nec iis liceat quod hucusque solebant agere] that is to say thar awyn landis to spare [etc.]; Acts I. 11/2.
Thair plesauncis quhilkis ar leffull and but repruf; Hay II. 96/23.
Be ȝour lordschipis wyt leffaul [sic] serves; 1545 Douglas Corr. 162.
(c) The said Andrew … wes at his leiffull besynes within his awin malyng; 1520 Fife Sheriff Ct. 281.
Ȝour hienes devoit … servitouris in all leiffule maner; 1528 Douglas Corr. 131.
Quhar the grace of God and the vertu of men ar coniunit … there is no leiful thing onpossibil to be exsecut; Compl. 77/36.
Passand in paciabill … maner according to thair leifull and accustomat use of tred … toward ane mercat in the cuntre; 1588 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 21.
(d) Traisting ȝe will grant me … my request for sic liefful service; 1545 Douglas Corr. 162.
(e) Bot leisumlie thai may pas and repas and ws thair leafull busines in all pertis … on molestit; 1593 Fam. Rose 275.
(2) In furthering … our souerane lorde … in al his actions & querellis … in al richtwys, lefvl, lauchful & honest caus; 1445 Chart. (Reg. H.) No. 311.
Gif ony wald … deroub him wrangwisly in his just, lefull and honest defence; Hay I. 134/12.
1520 Edinb. Chart. 205.
In all thair adois honest and leifull; 1588 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 279.
(3) It sal be leful tyl him … the fornemyt landes … to distrenȝe; 1393 Reg. Morton II. 190.
Quhethir it be lefull and laufull thing till entre in clousit felde [etc.]; Hay I. 72/5.
Was it not leful, thou onlost, The boundis of Italie, with thé … Forto haue socht; Doug. v. ii. 80.
Gif it be leful erar to schaw the verite than ony flurisand wourdis; Bell. Boece I. 18.
Gif sua be lefull to speik; Boece v. ii. 165.
That to desyre siclyke was nocht lefull; Hamilton Cat. 113.
Nor ȝit sal it be leful to the said pedagogis to ding thair disciples; Buch. Wr. .
(b) It sal be lefful to the partie of Ingland til gif vp qwhat bil at thaim likis; 1398 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 38.
It salbe leffull to the saidis jugis to cheis ane owerman; 1500 Acta Conc. MS. X. 88 b.
Quhar that ony swyne tane be fundyne vpone ane mannes skaycht, it sal be leffull to slay hir for hir fals operatioun; 1527 Selkirk B. Ct. fol. 123 a.
(c) Eftir the decrete it salbe lefefull to him and his ayeris to infeft his tenentis; 1508 Reg. Privy S. I. 248/1.
(d) It salbe leeful … to the saide Dene Johne and to the Abbot … [to have th]air corne grundin at the saide millis … durand the saide tak; 1423 Edinb. Chart. 55.
(e) It is lauchtfull and leiffull thing to ilk burges to gif [etc.]; Acts I. 360/2.
It salbe leyffull to the said Jone … the said myllin dam to mak … apone the erde of the said schire Jone; 1427 Melville Chart. 245.
Leifful is now to brek … The sworn promys that I to Grekis maid; Doug. ii. iii. 25.
It most be to me leifull reuth to haif Of my freindis mischance; Ib. v. vi. 111 (Sm.).
It is nocht leiful to preistis to pas in battel; Compl. 165/5.
Bot it sall be leifful to us to put our handis thairto quhen we pleis; Balfour Pract. 13.
(f) It sall be liefull to his maister to puneis his tennentis; 1552 Reg. Privy C. I. 130.
(4) Gif it be lefull thing and worschipfull in the weris that a king ourthraw ane othir with cautele; Hay I. 162/32.
Nor it is nocht leifful thing, quod sche, Fra hyne Crevse thou turs away with thé; Doug. ii. xii. 33.
Schaw thy michtis that sayfly throw the see It may be leful thay thare salis set; Ib. v. xiii. 72 (R).
Gif it be lefull that myserabill ȝoldin creaturis may be sufferit implore … mercy; Boece viii. xiv. 283.
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