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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).

(Paisibill,) Paysible, a. (adv.). Also: paicible, passible, pacible, pacebil. [ME. peysebelle (Rolle), paysyble (Ayenbite), paisible, payzible (14th c.), OF. paisible (12th c. in Hatz.-Darm.), peis-, pesible, f. OF. pais Pais n.1 Cf. Paisable and Pesibill.] Peaceable, peaceful. = Peceabill a.Also, in Hay, with plur. inflexion. 1456 Hay I. 79/13.
For quhen he will he may mak all men wis and paysible
1549 Compl. 3/11.
The maist fertil and pacebil realme vndir … the supreme Olimp
Ib. 103/12.
To hald ane vardan court [in Scotland] … as Scotland hed been in pacebil subiectione to the crone of Ingland
Ib. 182/15.
Quhen Augustus Cesar venquest Anthonius & vas pacebil empriour
1600-1610 Melvill 224.
And be wrought pacible in an opportune and convenient tyme
1600 Hamilton Facile Tr. 7.
In the paicible societie of vthers subjects
1620 Banff Ann. II. 167.
In pacible possessione of [etc.]
plur. 1456 Hay II. 15/23.
The quhilkis was … to governe and kepe passibleis the labouraris and sauf thame fra fors and wrang

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