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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Durable, -abill, a. Also: -abile. [ME. (Chaucer) and OF. durable, L. dūrābilis.] Capable of enduring; able to endure. 1456 Hay II. 79/17.
That makis him till have durable lordschip and lestand regne
1490 Irland Mir. I. 31/34.
God … that is durabile without begynnyng ore ending
1533 Boece v. iii. 167 b.
Scottis … war mare lesty and durabill in weris than ony vthiris
1596 Dalr. I. 63/26.
Thair horses ar verie litle, … bot in labour meruellous durable

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