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First published 2002 (DOST Vol. XI).

(Unabilnes,) Unablenes, -habilnes, n. [ME and e.m.E. vnabilnesse (Wyclif), vnhabilnesse (c1425), unableness (1501).] Inability, incapacity. — 1553 Corr. M. Lorraine 369.
I am by violent tempest … sumpart crasit and alterit in my persoun and not sa habill … to do sic service as my will commandis … sua, to excuis my unhabilnes unto your grace … I have send this berar
1581-1623 James VI Poems I 161/439.
[Diabetes] Yokkis fearcelie the unablenes to liue in Uenus lau & the continuall flouing of the seid unrype & rau
c1610 Melville Mem. 365.
His Maieste vsed many persuasions and raisouns to cause me tak the voyage in hand … quhilk he wald not haue done gif he had knawen my vnablenes and insufficiency, asweill as I did my self

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