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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).
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Perdurabil(l, -able, -abile, a. [ME. and e.m.E. perdurable (Chaucer), OF. per-, pardurable (12th c. in Godef.), late L. perdūrābilis.] Lasting, enduring; continuous, perpetual; everlasting. permanent, imperishable. Of a. non-material, b. material, things.a. (1) 1456 Hay II. 83/24.
The glore of … perdurable dominacioun and seignourye
Ib. 88/10.
And for the lustis ar corrumpable and the charge perdurable
1549 Compl. 88/18.
That sal gar al the cuntrey of Greice hef perdurabil veyr amang them selfis
(2) 1456 Hay II. 95/23.
The immortall lyf of the realme perdurable perpetually with durabilitee glorious
1490 Irland Mir. I. 44/5.
In the lif perdurabile
a1550 Lang Rosair 378.
a1586 Lindsay MS. 75.
The … peth of celestiall glorie perdurable
(3) 1490 Irland Mir. I. 27/12.
Quhen we ware … oblist to perdurable pane of hell
b. 1549 Compl. 20/24.
The grite tour of Babilone … aperit to be perdurabil ande inuyncibil
Ib. 32/6.
Mony of us beleuis … that ther is na thyng perdurabil bot the varld alanerly

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