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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Countable, a. Also: counttabill. [Late ME. (in sense 2) countable (1495). In 17th c. Sc. replacing the earlier Comptable.]

1. Admitting of reckoning (of years). c1420 Wynt. i. 17 (E).
The thrid [buke] sall counttabil [R. contynwyde] be Quhill maid of Rome was the cete

2. Accountable. (Common in 17th c.) 1605 15th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. ix. 41.
Elizabeth Stewart … hes promeist to be countable for hir fyve youngest dochters
1635 Elgin Rec. II. 230.
That ilk master of familie be countable for the induellers in ther landis
a 1686 Turner Mem. 107.
I was my oune pursemaster; and … found myselfe countable to na man

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