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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).

FAISIBLE, adj. Also faisable, faceable. Sc. forms and usages of Eng. feasible. [′fe:zəbl]

1. Of things: neat, tidily made (Rxb. 1825 Jam., 1923 Watson W.-B.; m.Lth.1, Slk. 1950); in a gen. sense, pretty fair, satisfactory.Lnk. c.1779 D. Graham Writings (1883) II. 53:
He bought a pair of suters auld shoon greesed black and made new to make his feet feasible like.
Rxb. 1925 E. C. Smith Mang Howes 13:
A made a faisable mael oot o pei-soop.

2. Of persons: neat, tidy, presentable (Rxb. 1825 Jam.; m.Lth.1 1950); of pleasing appearance or manner, decent, respectable (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Slk. 1950). Also used adv.Slk. 1820 Hogg Winter Ev. Tales II. 384:
Just 'light aff your beast feasible like.
Dmf. 1856 J. W. Carlyle Letters (ed. Froude) II. 307:
I should so like a Scotchwoman, if I could get any feasible Scotchwoman.
Kcb. 1893 Crockett Stickit Minister 146:
Their mither shoos the bairns oot o' the sand-hole, an' gies them a dicht to mak' them faceable to gang in.
Per. 1900 E.D.D.:
When I asked a man what he meant when he said “Ye are come very feasible,” he answered at once, “Neat, tidy, well set on and ready to face you up — faceable ye ken!”

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