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

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First published 2002 (DOST Vol. XI).

Unretourable, adj. [Retourable adj.] Of a writ (or brieve): That cannot be resolved by means of a judicial verdict (or retour (Retour n. 2)) but requires an inquest for resolution. — 1681 Stair Inst. iv iii § 11, 13.
The first of these unretourable brieves is the brieve of terce … the second … is the brieve of division … the third unretourable brieve is the brieve of lining … the fourth … the brieve of perambulation … all these brieves must be served with inquests [etc.]

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