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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).

Mesurabil(l, -able, a. (adv.). Also: -abyl(l, -abbil(l, messurabil(l, mesorable. [ME. (a 1340) and e.m.E. mesur(e)able, measurable, F. mesurable.] Moderate.a. Of stature: Middle-sized, medium. b. Of persons and their actions etc.: Characterised by moderation or restraint; restrained, temperate. c. Of moderate intensity or amount. d. adv. In moderation.a. 1375 Barb. x. 280 (E).
He wes off mesurabill statur, And weile porturat at mesur
14.. Acts I. 309/2.
Of iii men that is to say a mekill man and of a man of messurabill statur and of a lytill man
b. c1420 Wynt. viii. 6873.
Mesurabill [C. messurabil] is gud to be, And here proffyre off honeste
c1460 Dietary 20.
Be … Curtas of langage, of feding mesurabill [: tabill; Bann. mesorable, Makc. mesurabbill]
a1500 Bernardus 116.
Mane, sel thi corne and als thi victuale For mesurabyl vynnynge profet and awale
a1568 Bann. MS. 72 a/5.
Vse mesurable rest with sobir eiting
c. 1456 Hay II. 119/2.
And a stomak that is bot of mesurable hete requiris bot mesurable wod to hald the fyre in
d. c 1420 Liber Calchou 449.
Drynk bot mesurabyll to slokyn thi thryst

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