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First published 1990 (DOST Vol. VII).
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Responsall, -ale, n.1 Also: -aill. [Late ME and e.m.E. responsall a reply (1432–50), a respondent in a disputation (c1500), med. L. responsalis Responsall adj. also used as noun in various senses. Cf. Responsalln.2] a. A reply. = Respons n. 1. b. A (divine) answer. = Respons n. 2. —a. 1460 Hay Alex. (S.T.S.) 5088.
And thame tocht best for till avisit be … And syne thai suld him send thare responsale
b. 1460 Hay Alex. (S.T.S.) 2137.
He wist it weill be [MS be weill] responsall Of all the goddis
a1500 Henr. Test. Cress. 127.
Ȝe gaue me anis ane deuine responsaill That I suld be the flour of luif in Troy

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