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First published 1990 (DOST Vol. VII).
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Reabil(l, -able, v. Also: reibill. [e.m.E. reable (1521). Cf. F. ra-, rhabiller to restore (1380 in Larousse). Cf. also Rehabil(l v.] tr. To restore (to (till) a position, state, etc., previously held); to legitimize (a bastard).Also const. infin.(1) a1508 Kennedy Pass. Christ 130.
The Haly Gaist … Hes in hir spred that riall flour delice, Quhilk resauit ane man to reabill
1531 Bell. Boece II 452.
That thay [sc. children] micht be lawchful and reabillit, be virtew of the matrimony subsequent
1542 Lynd. Bk. Arms 3.
He spousit Elizabeth … quhilk bair … thre soneis quhilkis he reabilit
1563 Cal. Sc. P. I 693.
Never by no parliament … was [the Earl of Arran] reabled nor made laufull
1598 Misc. Spald. C. I 119.
Baptizing thame, reabling thame in the auld corunschbald
a 1669 Sempill P. 20/395.
A bastards name doth duly them befit For they were never reabled as yet
(b) 1543 Aberd. B. Rec. I 188.
He wes reibillit and legitimat
(2) a1508 Kennedy Pass. Christ 1712.
Quhilk on the croce sufferit pane The banist man to grace for to reabill
1509 Reg. Privy S. I 284/1.
We … reablis and restoris him … to his possessioun of all and sindri his saidis landis [etc.]
1509–10 Ib. 306/2.
We haif reabillit the said Alexander to his gude fame and honour and als hes maid him lauchfull be thir our lettrez to excers all lauchfull dedis … , to bruke and jois all dignateis [etc.] … als fre as he did before the committing of the said slauchter
1540 Linlithgow B. Ct. 8 Oct.
The prowest and baillies … hes reabillit Georgis Bell baxster till all his fredowne of the said burgh
1553 Knox III 343.
We ar maid airis be Godis apoyntment, reabillit thairto be Chrystis death
(3) 1522 Acta Conc. MS XXXIII 48.
The said Marioun is reabillit to bruke the said landis

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