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First published 1986 (DOST Vol. VI).

Poindabill, -able, adj. Also: poyndabill, -able, poindȝeabill. [f. Poind v. Only Sc. Also Pindible, Pundable, Poundabill.] That may be poinded.

a. Of a thing or animal: That is available, suitable or legally liable for distraint. b. Of landed property: Containing goods etc. available, suitable or legally liable for distraint. c. Of a person: Having sufficient possessions so that he may be effectively distrained upon; also, legally liable to be distrained upon, subject to be distrained upon.a. 1511–12 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 15.
He … findis na thing poyndable one the said ground for the said annuall
1561 Reg. Privy S. V i 239/1. c1575 Balfour Pract. 399. 1605–6 Ayr B. Acc. 229.
To do his utter and exact diligence [in collecting arrears] … sa fer as is gettabill or poindabill in any sort
a1603 Tract. Leg. Naval. 58.
If the officer cannot get open doores or poyndable guids out with lockfast roomes
1669 Rothesay B. Rec. 177.
He could not get guids poindabill except a kow
1674 Justiciary Ct. Rec. II 274. 1678 Mackenzie Laws & C. i xxxi 4 (1678) 313.
And therefore goods that had once tilled, though in October, seem not poindable for then labouring is as necessar as in the spring
Ib. 312.b. 1520 Prot. Bk. J. Foular II 69.
Till … pay the said annuell rent … all the tyme that the said land sall happen to be waist and unpondable als weill as quhen it is poyndable
1527–8 Grey Friars II 26.
That the saidis landis beis nocht poindable and strenȝeable
1536 (c 1580) Edinb. B. Rec. II 78.
That incace … the land happynis to decay … sua that the said land be nocht poyndable for the annuell awand furth of the samyn to the tovn
1662 Decis. Lords G. 30.
The ground might be decerned poindable
c. 1563 Dumfries B. Ct. fol. 227.
[He] protestis that the juges be … cautionar to hym gif he be nocht poyndabill to pay hym at the said day
1566 Reg. Privy C. I 457.
Sufficient souerteis, burgessis of Edinburgh or utheris substantious inlandit men, poindabill
1602 Inverness Rec. II 1.
Under the panes of [etc.] … for everi houshalder and utheris personis poindȝeabill
1683 Rothesay B. Rec. 397.
Every persone quhatsomever lyable and dwelling within the fraction to be lyable and poyndable as the heid of the fraction himselfe is

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