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Behalve, Behaw, n. [ME. behalve, in the phrase on his (etc.) behalve, a blending of earlier on his halve and bihalve him. The form halve is the old dative of half, and the variant haw is parallel to saw for salve.]

1. = Behalf n. 1.(a) 1447 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV. 196.
Al vtheris … of yhoure behalue havand power tharof
1456 Hay II. 1.
Sa suld knychtis have dominacioun … of the princis and lordis behalve
Ib. 78/33.
I charge thé on Goddis behalue
1464 Reg. Episc. Brechin II. 107.
In the name and behalue of his kirk of Brechin
1471 Acta Aud. 13/2.
The declaracion … proponit on the behalue of the said George
1485 Acts II. 172/1.
In the naim and behalue of our souerane lord
(b) 1462 Peebles B. Rec. 147.
[He] gaf hym of thair behaw eritabile … possessioun of the forsayd land
1525 Stirling B. Rec. I. 23.
In the name & behaw of the haill craftismen
a 1542 Carnwath Baron Ct. 89.
In name and behaw of Dauid Somerwell

2. = Behalf n. 2. c1550 Rolland C. Venus i. 484.
For weill I wait it was neuir his will, Men for to caus incline in that behaw

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