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Lovabil(l, †Louabil(l, Lowabill, a. Also: lovabyll, -abell, lov(e)able; †louable, -abyll; lowabile, -abbill, -able; Luvabill [Partly or wholly f. Love v. : cf. Lofabill. ME. and e.m.E. had lowable (1393–1545) permissible, desirable, commendable, F. louable (F. louer to praise; see note to Love v.) and cf. M.E. and e.m.E. allowable id., F. allouable. Possibly mere variants of this were ME. louabil (Rolle), louable (Wyclif, Destr. Troy), loueable (c 1400), but some or all of these might also represent a type lov- (f. Love v.), like the Sc. word. That many of the Sc. occurrences represent the latter type there is no doubt: note the variant Lofabill, and the fact that the predominant early spelling practice of manuscript texts appears to favour lov- or low-, whereas the spelling louabill, able etc., is common only in the early printed texts (as also with lou- Love v., louing Loving vbl. n.). Nevertheless, it is impossible to be certain that a type [lū-] f. F. louable, which could equally be represented by the spellings in louand low-, did not also exist. An additional uncertainty in deciding this matter lies in the possibility that in some of the occurrences of this word in modern editions the spellings found may be editorial rather than strictly as in the originals. Thus lov- may on occasion have been printed for original lou- or even low-, since many editors, espec. of texts regarded as primarily of ‘historical’ rather than ‘philological’ interest (among them David Laing, see Knox xliii n. 1, and J. H. Burton, see Reg. Privy C. I. l-lii) sporadically or consistently practise normalizations of this type.] Praiseworthy.

1. Of persons and their actions or attributes: Worthy of praise or approval: Praiseworthy, laudable, commendable, honourable; also, satisfactory, acceptable. (a) That God len hym gras … to govern swa that it be lovabil til God; 1450 Peebles B. Rec. I. 15.
Fer better and mare lovable is tobe dede fechtand na fleand; Hay I. 87/2.
This lovable [Harl. louabill] luf sall lak ws laureate; Contempl. Sinn. 437 (Asl.).
It ware fer better & mair loveable ony man to suffre without dreid the terrible pane of martirdom or covatis suld ourcum his hie honour; Porteous Noblenes 175/23 (Asl.).
Set it be nocht lovabill nor semly thocht To punys a woman, bot schameful hir to sla; Doug. ii. x. 44.
The lovabill gestis of mychty Hercules; Ib. viii. v. 22.
Ib. x. v. 169.
[To] Schir Johnn Cumming, singar of thair quayr, … for his gud and lovable service to be done yeirly; 1518 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 96.
To do some worthy thing and of loveable account for the furtherance … of sa notable and godlie ane wark; 1588 Pittenweem Ann. 13.
(b) The werkis … of the man that … procedis of his mynd … ar outhir honorable and louable or tobe blamyt and repreuit; Irland Mir. fol. 200.
Porteous Noblenes 13 (Ch. & M.).
Ask at God thin hard hert to resolue In teris of louable lamentacioun; Contempl. Sinn. 940 (Harl.).
Byrdis … thé [May] to pryse and Nature neuer restis Confessand ȝou maist potent and louabyll; Doug. Pal. Hon. Prol. 80 (Davidson).
At that tyme … the pepil lyuit al to gydthir in ane tranquil & louabil communite; Compl. 144/31.
Hamilton Cat. 249.
Be his errour following … fra his louable and approuable wrytingis he plukit away the auctoritie; Winȝet II. 51/25.
Of quhome euery ane … perseuerand in the vnitie of communioun and fayth become tryit and louable maisteris; Ib. 74/6.
As is manifest … of the louabil memorie of thair names; Burne Disput. 131.
(c) Bettir is the end of the vresone na the begyning, and mar is lowabile to God with a mek man na a pridfull; Wisd. Sol. (S.T.S.) 331.
Than it wes lowable to desire a bischeprik; Abell 32 b.
The werk of a bischep … quhilk is to the wtilite of thare subditis … that is lowabill and maritable; Ib. 86 b.

2. Of laws or ordinances, or of custom and usage: Worthy of respect, approbation or sanction; laudable, commendable, acceptable. b. Passing into: Respected, time-honoured, established. (1) Thair [the wrights'] statutis and reullis befor ws red, … we [Edinburgh town council] … fand that thai war gud and loveable baith to God and man and consonand to ressoun; 1475 Reg. Great S. MS. XXII. No. 62 (= Edinb. B. Rec. (ed.) I. 31).
Lovable; 1475–6 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 34.
Reulis statutis and previlegis … quhilkis ar … proffeitt and lowabill to this gude tovne; 1505 Edinb. Council Reg. MS. I. fol. 50 (= Edinb. B. Rec. (ed.) I. 102).
Be the foirsaid ordinance of the lordis of sessioun and utheris lovable lawes and actis of Parliament; 1569 Reg. Privy C. II. 75.
1574 Ib. 410.
Amerciatt for purchessing lordschip contrair the lovabill actis and constitutionis of burrowis maid thairanentt; 1584 Conv. Burghs I. 196.
[In terms of] ane louable practique past in the lyke caise; 1595–6 Crim. Trials I. ii. 355.
Thair hes beine dyuers and sindrie lowable actis lawis and conswetutionis maid … for mantening of the commoun veile; 1602 Shetland Sheriff Ct. MS. 50.
Loveabill; 1610 Crim. Trials III. 103.
Loveable; 1623 Orkney Sheriff Ct. in
Misc. Maitl. C. II. 196.
Kings and princes shall rule the people according to the lowable lawes and constitutions received in this realme; 1638 Nat. Covenant in
Rec. Kirk Scotl. 12.
To maintaine the lowable and good laws made by their predecessors; ? 1662 Postscript for Lysimachus Nicanor 8.
(2) Sen it is ane beneficiale mater and is conformyt to justice and equite and rycht lovable vse haldin and vsit that in all beneficiale materis [etc.]; 1498 Acta Conc. MS. II. 83 a (= Acta Conc. (ed.) II. 272).
1501–2 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 70.
Eftir the auld honorable & lovabill consuetude of the burghe; 1502–3 Ib. in
Mill Mediæv. Plays 118.
1542 Annandale Corr. 2.
1560 Cal. Sc. P. I. 382.
1562 Peebles B. Rec. I. 280.
That the said Johne … have his esing drope fre conforme to the vse & lovable custume of burrowis; 1562 Prot. Bk. J. Robeson MS. 179.
1569 Reg. Privy C. II. 16.
By [= contrary to] all lovable consuetude; 1575 Glasg. Chart. I. ii. 165.
It hes bene ane ancient and lovable custome to mak the Prince … foresene in the electioun of the publict officiarris thairof; 1575 Edinb. Council Reg. MS. V. fol. 53 (= Edinb. B. Rec. (ed.) IV. 42).
Lett it rest quhill it may be decidit ather be the writtin law or the meting of commissioners or quhill the lovable custum be verifiit be the maist skilfull borderers of baith the realmes; 1579 Milne Home MSS. 50.
In executioun of … oure … previledges according to oure lovabell use quhairof we … hes bene in possessioun in all tyme bigane past; 1610 Bk. O. Edinb. C. XIV. 41.
In consideratioun of the great … detriment that micht aryse upoun the alteratioun and change of ony lovabill auld governament that hes bene in ony burgh; 1615 Stirling B. Rec. I. 138.
(b) For vphaldin of the auld louable consuetud, honour, consolacioun, and plesour of this burghe; 1496 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 59.
That na manner of persons … attempt ony thing … for deforming or innovating the louable ceremonies and rites tharof usit in Haly Kirk; 1558–9 Statut. Sc. Ch. 160.
Aye as thaye [heritable sheriffdoms] uaike … dispone thame neuer heritablie againe, preassing uith tyme to drau it to the louable ordoure of Englande; James VI Basil. Doron 88/11.
(c) The rycht of the Kirke … the lawys and the lowablez custumes to gerr be kepit to the pupil; 1398 Acts I. 211/1.
Efter … the auld lowable ws of this burch; 1522 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 105.
Thatt the lowabbill vs and costom of our forbears be obserwitt and kepitt amang ws; 1571 Bk. Carlaverock II. 481.
That they sall fishe the said … watter … conforme to the lowabill custome and according to auld use and wount; 1608 Echt-Forbes Chart. 130.

3. In medicine, of a remedy or a disposition: Commendable; hence, beneficial. [As a measure against infection] fyre made of fir or akin tymmer ar maist lowable; Skeyne Descr. Pest 19.
Twichand meittis, flesche is maist proper quhilk generis louable humoris & is of facill digestioun, sic as pertrik, phasiane [etc.]; Ib. 25.

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