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First published 1990 (DOST Vol. VII).

Resplait, -splat(e, v. Also: -splayt; -spleit; -splet(e. [ONF respleiter (OED), OF resploitier (1169 in Greimas), f. re- and esploit (noun) = a citation or summons, etc.] tr.

1. To adjourn or hold over (a suit at law, judgment, etc.); to defer consideration of; to defer payment of (a sum due).(1) 1447 Aberd. B. Rec. MS IV p. 484 (10 July).
The actone mowit … is resplaytit to the next court but priiudice of ony perty
(b) 1460 Newburgh B. Ct. fol. 2b.
The quhilk day the arestment wes resplatit for awcht dais
Ib. fol. 4b.
The qwilk boriois ar resplated tyl the next curt
1461 Aberd. B. Rec. MS V i p. 424 (26 June).
That caus is resplatit to the alderman … at his hame cumyng
1475 Ayr B. Ct. 2 Oct.
The alderman … has resplatit the dome on thaim to the chawmerlan ayre
a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 179 (Asl.).
Schrewit aduocatis The quhilkis … be thair practik the sentens sa resplatis Quhill that the pley oft pas the principale
1491 Dunferm. B. Rec. I 24.
The action … is resplattit qwwhil this day xv dais
1504 Justiciary Rec. I 345.
We … resplatis & continewis the puttin of thame & ilkane of thaim to our horne
1524 Reg. Episc. Aberd. I 390.(c) 1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v. Adivrnatvs.
Curia dicitur respectuata, that is, continued or respleited
(2) 1454–5 Aberd. B. Rec. MS V i p. 228 (10 March).
Thai resplatet the said sowme of golde to the nowmer of vj nobillis till thai spek with Androu Child

2. To postpone or put off (repentance, etc.). a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 877 (Asl.).
Our mendis of lyf and pennans we resplate
Ib. 1323.

3. a. To prolong (a person's life). b. To set free or release (from prosecution, punishment or imprisonment).a. a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 1488 (Asl.).
As man forjudgit … Micht think it ware a mirthfull merchandice To lois a fynger his lyf for to resplait
b. 1531 Bell. 1531 Boece (M) II 384.
The said lord … was splatitt [pr. splacitt; A. resplatit] and restoritt to his liberte
1570 Leslie 107.
David Kar wes resplatit and relevit
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 41.
In this parliament was foirfaltit the Erle of Lennox, … and the Laird of Tulibarden wes respletit

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