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First published 1986 (DOST Vol. VI).

(Punissabill,) Puneis(s)abill, adj. Also: punis(c)habil(l, puniescheable, pwneishable. [e.m.E. punysshable (1531), F. punissable (14–15th c. in Hatz.-Darm.).] a. Of a person: Liable to punishment; capable of being punished. b. Of an offence: Entailing punishment. — c1575 Balfour Pract. 22.
That nane sall be repute as loyall … to our soverane lord, or his authoritie, bot be puneisabill as rebellaris and ganestandaris of the samin, quhilk sall not give thair confessioun [etc.]
1676 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Processes No. 227.
Albeit invaiders of mens houses of any kynd be most seveirly punishabill
1572 Buch. Detect. B iii.
The Erle of Argyle … is be inheritance the Justice to deill with crymes punishcabil be deith
1586 Digest Justiciary Proc. L. 26.
Ane cryme puneissabill
1598 Crim. Trials II 56.
Quhilk is puniescheable in the cryme of tressoun or laismaiestie
1631 Justiciary Cases I 192.
That the pannell sould be pwneist heir in Scotland for ony fact committit in England nocht pwneishable be the lawes

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