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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).
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(Paisabilly,) Paicabilly, Paceabilly, Paciably, Passabilly, adv. Also: paceablie, paciablie. [Cf. Paisable a. and Pesabilly adv.] Peaceably, peacefully.(1) 1424 Lanark & R. 283.
To by and sel as gude nychtburhede wald frely and passabilly
1531 Rec. Earld. Orkney 215.
Als … paceabilly as ony rotht land is brukit
1535 Reg. Episc. Brechin. II. 188.
1537 Douglas Bequest II. 16.
Four akaris of our landis … to be paciablie broukkit and josit be thame
1549 Compl. 79/33.
Jan. Quhar thai duellit paciablie and vsit thare auen lauis
1618 Soc. Ant. XI. 21.
The said umquhill Sir Robert … actuallie dwelt upon the said Kirkhill … and paicabilly possest the same
(2) 1535 Reg. Episc. Brechin. II. 189.
The said reuerend fader [etc.] … to be paciably obeyit … efter the tenour of the said decret
1587–8 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 21.
Bot to have paciablie repairit to the said mercat
1671 Meikle Old Session Bk. 95.
They … promised with God's grace to live more paceablie and godlie concord hereafter

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