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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).
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Pley-, Pleabill, -yll, -able, a. [Pley v. and -abill.] Litigable.Cf. Pledabil(l a.

1. Of a thing in dispute: That is (to be) a subject of litigation. 1494 Acta Aud. 205/2.
That the landis of Thorneton with the pendiclis … wer pleyable betuix him and the said Thomas
1544 Fam. Rose 211.
Certain debatabill landis being pleabill abetuix the saidis Huchion and George
1553 Reg. Privy C. I. 150.
Upoun the severall ground of Scotlande nother pleyable nor debatable ane gret way within the peceable marche of Scotland
1555 Peebles B. Rec. I. 214.
To vesy William Bannerman and Thomas Hoppringill wallis pleable betuix thame
1562–3 Rec. Earld. Orkney 116 (see Pleyland n.). 1577 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 65.
That the hors pleyabill … teill ane aiker of lang for trying of his gudnes

2. Of a dispute: That is being, or may be, argued and decided by process of law. 1528 Acta Conc. MS. XXXIX. 3.
That the said Patrik sal have justice in the actionis pleyable betuix the Lord Hume [etc.]
1531 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 109.
Gyb of Roull and Wolle Loure hes put thairis materis pleabyll upone arbitouris
1533 Bell. Livy II. 49/4. 1565 Curle Coll. MS. (Reg. H.).
Of all actiones causes … & contrauersies … pleable betuix thaim

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