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First published 1986 (DOST Vol. VI).

Provabill, -(e)able, adj. Also: -abille. [ME and e.m.E. provable (Wyclif), e.m.E. prooveable, OF pro(u)vable (c 1225 in Godef.), L. probābilis Probabil(l adj. Cf. also Approvable.] a. Capable of being proved, demonstrable, likely, plausible. b. Worthy of approval, commendable, praiseworthy. —a. 1572 Buch. Detect. (1727) 37.
Sen thir thingis ar be wrytingis and witnessis sa prouabill
a1599 Rollock Wks. II 44.
Others think it was not John … and this is more proveable, for I think [etc.]
1680 Inverness Rec. II 284.
[Expense] for materialles … shall be sufficientlie provabille and cleerlie made out
b. 1562-3 Winȝet II 20/12.
Than sall he … serce the sentences … of thame only quha … wes prouable or laudable techearis

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