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Leaser, Leasur(e, n. Also: leasare, -air, -our(e, -eur. [e.m.E. leasure (1553), leaser : cf. Laiser and Leisur.] Respite, leisure. Also at leaser, at leisure or convenience, also, without haste, unhurriedly.(1) 1565 Reg. Morton I. 15.
It ... becumis ws ... to awaytt patiently for his leaseur
(a1568 Dunb.) Bann. MS. p. 9/40.
Leaser to repent
Ib. /48.
1600-1610 Melvill 18.
Rememberit of our buiks bot now and then, as our father haid leaser, quhilk was bot verie seindle
c1610 Melville Mem. 124.
When sche had leaser fra the affaires of hir contre, sche red vpon gud bukis
1630-1651 Gordon Geneal. Hist. 152.
To give him tyme and leaser to effectuat the same
(b) 1597 James VI Dæmonol. 81.
As long as leasure would permit
1600 Crim. Trials II. 211.
[He] could not take leasure at that time to enquire any further of him
1617 3rd Rep. Hist. MSS. App. 413/1.
I did aduyss the person … to goe to Brechin yesternight, and attend my lord his leasur
1630-1651 Gordon Geneal. Hist. 235.
By which means his Majestie … had the leasure and opportunitie to retire with his train to Holyrudehous
1659 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 418.
To try quhen his leasour wold serve to go and sight the harberie
(2) 1582 Fam. Rose 272.
Quhane ye ar at maist leasair to cum … and tak your part of your avin meit
a1597-1617 Hist. Jas. VI 116.
The regent … sufferit hir to depairt … at ease and leaser
(b) 15.. Clar. iv. 1702.
Thair was none of honoure … Bot he with them at leasoure did advyse
c1590 Fowler II. 72/5.
At lenght and leasure in some other place I haue fullye discoursed thervpon
1590-1 R. Bruce Serm. 347.
Suppose he remain stubborn … [the pastor should] tarry upon him at list and leasure
1659 Hay Diary 5.
He was not at aneugh of leasure

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