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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).

Med(e)-, Meidful(l, a. Also: (mediful). [ME. (Rolle) and e.m.E. med(e)-, meedeful, f. Mede n.1] Meritorious, deserving of reward or credit.Common only in the formula (2).(1) a1400 Leg. S. xl. 86.
Hyme thocht That medful wes … saw Goddis sede In hartis
c1420 Wynt. vii. 41.
Throwch thare wertws medfull dedys In … honoure yhit thare sed is
Ib. 3576.(2) 1384 Misc. Hist. Soc. V. 32.
For why medeful thing and meritable is to ber witnes to suthfastnes
1420 Reg. Episc. Morav. 475. 1428 Liber Melros 519.
For thi at it is merytable & medfull to ber wytnes to the suthfastnes
1432 Charter (Reg. H.) No. 285.
1438 Ib. No. 301.
1451 11th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. vi. 25.
1479 Highland P. II. 184.(b) 1442 Stirlings of Keir 216.
1481 Douglas Bequest 17 May. 1502 H. Paton Mackintosh Mun. (1903) 8. 1529 Dunferm. B. Rec. I. 279.

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