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A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

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First published 2001 (DOST Vol. X).

(Tenable,) Tinable, adj. (e.m.E. tenable (1570) capable of being held against attack.) 1679 J. Somerville Mem. II 283.
It was not for the honour of the regiment … that they should be devyded … by haveing the one half of them left within a ruinous hole not tinable by nature and farre lesse by art; that if they should come to be beseiged [etc.]

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"Tenable adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 18 Aug 2022 <>



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