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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Amicable, Amicabil, a. Also: amicabell, amycabill, -yll. [ME. amycable (c 1450), L. amīcābilis.]

1. Friendly; acting in friendship. (Usu. with componitour, compositour, q.v.)a1500 Henr. Fab. 2302 (I am iuge amycabill). 1499 Dunferm. B. Rec. 91 (amicabell compositouris). 1501 Montgomery Mem. 61 (frendfull and amicabill componitour). 1530 Edinb. B. Rec. 32 (amicable compositouris). 1609 Skene Reg. Maj. ii. 6 b. 1663 Aberd. B. Rec. 205.

2. Of actions, etc.: Manifesting a friendly spirit. 1545 Reg. Morton II. 295.
The saidis partiis sal caus the Iugeis … to pronunce … efter thair cunnyng … and knawlege in amicable wise
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. ii. 64 b.
Amicabill composition is ane aggreance be arbitrie, conforme to ane paction agreid betwixt the parteis

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