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First published 1986 (DOST Vol. VI).

Prestabill, -able, adj. Also: -ible. [f. L. præstāre to stand out, surpass, answer for, fulfil, perform, preserve, evince, give, offer, etc., and cf. mod. L. prestabilis performable (1620, Latham): cf. also med. L. prestabilis that may be lent (1374, Latham), MF prestable id. (Cotgrave), ready to afford or give (16th c. Godef.).] Capable of being performed or put into effect, doable, practicable.(a) 1622 M.P. Brown Suppl. Decis. I 2.
That the deed was a fact of that nature, which was not prestable by an executor, but by the heir
1635 Grant Chart. 449.
[The said Lairds … ought to produce the culprits, which is a thing of no difficulty to them, and not] prestable [by any other without great charges]
1640 Aberd. Council Lett. II 263.
Ye have now begun to do all th goode service for the publict in you prestabill, for which … we sall not be unmyndfull
1650 Acts Sederunt ii 67.
The first suspensioun for liquid soumes or deeds presentlie prestable
1668-9 Fraser Lawfulness Separ. 49.
Who may either require new prestable conditions which they wanted formerly
1669 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. III 8.
His majesties taxation … is only prestable be the shreffes and there deputts
1671 Aberd. Council Lett. V 86. 1674 Edinb. B. Rec. X 207.
Everrie thing that is prestable and performable by magistrats for the preventing … of tumults
1680 Fountainhall Decis. 101 (see Prestation n.). 1683 M.P. Brown Suppl. Decis. II 37.
Yet the obligement of destination, in favours of the heir, is prestable to him by the executors
1689 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. XIII 533. 1693 Seafield Corr. 127.
And whatever ye order anent the premiss, prestable in toune or countrey … ther shall be nothing neglected
1695 Comm. Univ. III (St. A.) App. 219.
This wee judge hardly prestable
(b) 1666-74 Fraser Polichron. 159.
All the kindness and service prestible by him

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