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A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).

Onabil(l, -habill, -(h)able, Onnabyll, varr. of Unabill a. Unable, incapable; void; impossible; incapacitated.(1) 1513 Doug. ii. x. 151.
Hatit of the goddis, to all nedis onhabill, Thir mony ȝeris I left inprofitabill
1520 Thanes of Cawdor 134.
Gif … that the sayd Alexander brekis [etc.] … this endentour to be onnabyll nor geit effect
(2) 1548 Corr. M. Lorraine 239.
Now am I onhabill to obtyn possession
1549 Compl. 9/12.
c 1563 Reg. Panmure I. xxxiv. 1587 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 32.
1620 Inverness Rec. II. 156.(3) 1584 Cal. Sc. P. VII. 167.
Wtherwayes it wilbe langsam and onable to ws to get trustey deling [etc.]
(4) 16.. Hist. Kennedy 10.
He was ewer thairefter onabill of his leggis

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