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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).
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(Plesabill,) -able, a. Also: pleiss-, pleas- and -abile, -ibill. [ME. (only in Wyclif) and e.m.E. (1552) plesable, pleasable, placable, pleasing, OF. pleisable (c 1185 in Godef.), plaisable, agreeable, f. plaisir (= plaire) to please.] That gives pleasure; pleasing, agreeable; acceptable (to a person). — 1513 Doug. i. Prol. 13 (Sm.).
Thi crafty werkis curious … Plesable, perfyte and felable in all degre
a1538 Abell 122 a.
Ane man desiris ane thing plesable, as halk or hund
c1615 Chron. Kings 96.
Ane mair gratious and pleasabill princis rang newer in our dayis
c1520-c1535 Nisbet Ep. Ald Test. xvii. 2.
To preche a yere to the Lord plesabile
1583 Perth B. Ct. 30 Apr.
Ane ȝerlie annuell rent … to be vplift of sufficient landis within or without burght pleissibill to the ressauer

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