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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).

PRESTABLE, adj. Able to be carried out, capable of implementation or performance, practicable, enforceable; of money, etc.: able to be payed out, usable, negotiable, transferable, exigible (Sc. 1946 A. D. Gibb Legal Terms 67). Now rare or obs.Sc. 1715 R. Wodrow Corresp. (1843) II. 54:
Seriously to consider this, and fall upon some more prestable methods.
Sc. 1744 J. Fraser Lawfulness & Duty of Separation 49:
Actions in themselves null, and contrary to the substance of the Law, and therefore, in themselves, and by the Law, null and void; yet, when done, if ratified by him in whom the Supreme Power is, become of invalid Actions valid, who may either require new prestable Conditions, which they wanted formerly: and, if acquired, the Actions become valid.
Sc. 1768 Session Papers, Petition M. Veitch (14 June) 1:
The burden of what debts he should then be owing, and deeds prestable by him.
Arg. 1801 Edb. Weekly Jnl. (28 Jan.) IV. 26:
There are . . . several kains and services prestable by the tenants, upon which no value is put in the rental.
Sc. 1826 Scott Letters (Cent. Ed.) IX. 369:
I thought it became me . . . to offer my fortune so far as it was prestable.
Abd. 1849 Hatton Estate MSS.:
All public and parochial burdens . . . prestable by the tenant.

[O.Sc. prestable, capable of being performed, 1622, O.Fr. prestable, able to be lent, ready to provide.]

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"Prestable adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 6 Oct 2022 <>



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