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A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).

Legible, Legiable, Legeable, a. [Cf. late north. ME. legibylle (1483), e.m.E. legible (1560), late L. legibilis f. legere to read.] Legible; also, comprehensible, intelligible. —(a) a1400 Leg. S. xlii. 283.
Wrytine ves in that tabil Rycht fare lettire & legeable
(b) 1407 Montgomery Mem. 20.
Quhilk infeftment is weill auld, the letteris of sindrie wordis … is ane pairt … consumit, and be schort spaice the same wil becum skairclie legiable
c 1500 Goudie Shetl. Antiq. 172.
In aventour this present writting be nocht our legiable … ban nocht the hand that wret it for it is als obscoir to the wrettar
(c) 1562-3 Winȝet I. 138/8.
Bot gif my handwritt peraduentuir hes nocht bene sa legible as ȝe wald, pleis resaue fra this beirar the samin mater now mair legible

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