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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Comptabill, -able, a. Also: -abell, -ibill; compte-, comptt-, comtable. [e.m.E. comptable (1549), -ible, F. comptable for OF. contable: cf. Countable.] Accountable.(a) 1558-66 Knox II. 216.
He shall be comptabill yearlie to the Superintendent
1579 Conv. Burghs I. 90.
Edinburgh to be furthcumand and comptabill thairfoir at the nixt conuention of burrowis
1591 Edinb. Test. XXIII. 263.
Hir haill naprie quhair of scho is comptabill
1615 Stirling B. Rec. I. 140.
The thesaurar sall be comptabill to the toun of the superplus
1636 Dundee Chart. 172.
That the Ministeris, … shall be comptibill for all the bookes therein
1661 Misc. Spald. C. V. 232.
The persone appointed for the fald … sall be comptabill for the skaith
(b) 1582 Conv. Burghs I. 138.
They to be comptable … for vpbigging of thair calsay
1614 Edinb. Test. XLVIII. 21.
My said spous … alwayis being comptable to my said sone of the equall half of my said geir
1632 Ellon Presb. 41.
That everie man subscribe the same, as the ministers will be comtable
1657 Balfour Ann. II. 381.
He was compteable to the committee of estaites
1678 Mackenzie Laws & C. i. xxiv. § 4.
Improper wadsets are these, wherein the wadsetter is only comptable for what rent he receives from the lender

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