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Inhable, -habile, adj. [F. inhabile, L. inhabilis, Eng. inhabile (1727).] Incompetent, unqualified. inadmissible in law. — 1522 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 103.
[To be] maid inhable in his persoun to bruik euermair tak or roume within the said fredome
1678 Mackenzie Laws & C. i. xxv. § 11 (1699) 126.
A crime proved only against him by the pursuers brothers or other inhabile witnesses
Ib. ii. xxvi. (1699) 264.
Witnesses inhabile
1683 Martine Reliq. Divi Andreæ 34.
For some other defect, whereby he is not inhabile to take care of the church, yet cannot be chosen
1692 Pitcairn Assembly (1817) 96.
I am concerned they be not inhabile witnesses
1699 Fountainhall's Decis. II. 46.
Inhabile to judge in his nephew's cause

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