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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).

(Pesibill,) Pes(s)ybill, Pesebill, Pecebell, adj. (adv.). Also: peasible, peacible, -ebill, -eble; peswill. [ME. pesible, -yble (14th c.), peasible, -yble (15th c.), OF. pesible: cf. Paisibill adj. and Pesabill adj.] Peaceable; peaceful; untroubled, free from strife. c1420 Wynt. vi. 1528.
Athelred, Edgare the pessybill [C. pessabil, W. pessabillis, Au., E.2 peswillis] sowne
Ib. vii. 3574.
For-thi cald pessybill [C. pessabil] kyng he wes
Ib. viii. 6946.
And swa Pesybill [C. pessabil, Au., E.2 peissabyll] a kyng his land may ma
1594 Conv. Burghs I. 435.
That the said burgh hes bene in vse and possessioun peacebill thairof past memour of man
1596 Dalr. I. 322/15.
This king led a peaceble lyfe trublet with na weiris
1600 Hamilton Facile Tr. in 1573-1600 Cath. Tr. 219/22.
Your lauful subiects … al in ane peasible vnion in the trew seruice of God
1607 Rec. Earld. Orkney 178.
In pesebill posesioun
1610 Conv. Burghs II. 300.
For pecebell fisching in the Lewis
1620 Banff Ann. II. 168.
In peacible possessione of the said secund teindis

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