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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).

Confortable, -abill, a. [ME. (14th c.) and AF. confortable, f. conforter Confort v. Cf. Comfortable.] Comforting, giving comfort or strength. 1424 State P. (Reg. H.) No. 14.
Yhour lettrez ar confortablez, & yhour charge til vs richt thankfull
1456 Hay II. 122/4.
That is bathe confortable to thy body and plesand to thy saule
a1500 Lanc. 2651.
Togiddir al his cumpany he drew, And confortable wordis to them schew
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 509.
Than culit thai thair mouthis with confortable drinkis
1537 Lynd. Depl. Magd. 125.
The greit Lordis … In silk and gold, in colouris confortable
c1552 Id. Mon. 1281.
The herbis wer sa confortabyll, Delytesum, and medicinabyll
1560 Rolland Seven S. 8096.
With sweit wordis and confortabill brasing
1601 Frasers of Philorth 267.
It … will be verrie confortabill to our lieges … resortand thairto
1663 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. I. 416.
That none … furnish them meat, drink, … nor no other thing confortable to them
1671 Maxwell Mem. II. 319.
I espect your confortable reply

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