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First published 1990 (DOST Vol. VII).
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Rehabil(l, -hable, v. [Sc. var. of Reabil(l v.] To restore to one's former position; to legitimate. = Reabil(l v. 1500 Reg. Privy S. I 85/2.
A letter of rehabilitatioun … rehabilling and restoring him to his gud fame, honour and gudis
1516 Ib. 422/2.
The king … of his speciale grace and autorite riall, rehablis the saidis Johne and Johne to stand in preif and witnes … and restoris thaim to thair gude fame and wardlie honouris
1528 Buccleuch Mun. II 155.
Rehabilis thame to stand in preif and witnes
1540 Lynd. Sat. 3938 (Ch.).
Thay … Sal be degraithit of thair nobilitie, … Vnto the tyme thay by [= buy] thair libertie, Rehabilit be the ciuill magistrate
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 78.
[He] was restorit to his landis, … and rehabillit, &c. conforme to our souerane ladies greit seill
1583 Edinb. Test. XII 380b.
That the said James Conquhare be rehabillit with all diligence vpoun his awne expensis
1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v. Bastardus.
Ane bastard legitimat and rehabled in his life-time

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