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Sufferable, Suffrabile, adj. [ME and e.m.E. suffrable (Manning), suffrabil (Rolle), suffreable (Wyclif), sufferable (1493), OF sofrable (1120 in Greimas), suffrable (OED), med. L. sufferabilis, f. as Suffer v.] Bearable, tolerable, endurable. — c1520-c1535 Nisbet Matth. x 15.
It salbe mair suffrabile to the land of men of Sodom and of Gomorre in the day of jugement, than to that ilk citee
1590–1 Reg. Privy C. IV 596.
Sic unressounable priceis … as ar nocht sufferable in ony commounwele
1611 Haddington B. Rec. (Robb) 5 Dec.
George Dick … persisting in his wicketnes, did sundrie vther … actionis, … nawayis sufferable in ane reformit comoun wealth

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