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First published 2002 (DOST Vol. XII).

Winnable, Wynnable, Won(n)able, adj. [e.m.E. wynable (1544), winnable (1611).] a. Of a stronghold: Capable of being conquered or taken into one's control. b. Of a person: Capable of being won over to one's way of thinking, open to bribery. —a. 1546 Ruddiman Epist. II App. 378.
The said castell is nocht wynnable bot be famyne
1596 Dalr. I 27/7.
The Basse … is sik a strenth that nathir be force or fraud is it thocht winnable
b. c1610 Melville Mem. 263.
Aduysing him, (albeit ouer lait) to bestow part of his gold vnto samany of them as he beleued wer wonnable [1683 wonable]

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