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(Sesonabill,) Sessonabil(l, adj. Also: sesonabull, sesonnabile, seisonable, seasonabill, -able. [ME sesounable (Wyclif), sesonable (Hoccleve), sesounabulle (c1420), e.m.E. seasonable (1531-2); Seso(u)n(e n.]

1. Appropriate to the spring and summer seasons of the year; esp. of weather, warm, pleasant. a1500 Henr. Fab. 1718.
The soill … wes richt sessonabill, Sappie, and to resaue all seidis abill
1513 Doug. iii viii 48.
The sessonabil ayr pipis vp fair and schyre
c1520-c1535 Nisbet III 284.
In the dais of sesonnabile somer
1584–5 Reg. Privy C. III 730.
Johnne Twedy … compellit his [sc. James Twedy's] … plewmen to desist fra thair labour in the seasonable tyme of the yeir
1596 McNeill Prestonpans (1902) 41.
Send us sesonabull wether and stay this greit dearth
1632 Prognostication.
The rest of the moneth [sc. August] seasonable
c1650 Spalding II 173.
For to pray to God for fair and sessonabill wether to wyn and ingather the fruitis of the ground
a1699 Skene Agric. MS
Vheit neids not be sowne immediatlie efter the tealinge … but wait upoan seasonabill weather

2. Opportune, timely; convenient. 1628 Misc. Spald. C. II 207.
Knowing … the great incommoditie … that the supplicants susteanes by thair … farre distance from anie mercat and … for thair greater ease and more seasonable furnishing with vivers to grant thame all the lauchfull favour that … can be allowed
1645 Baillie II 311.
Erastus is the book vexes us most. … If yow would move Apollonius … to give him a succinct and nervose answer, it would be a seasonable service both to us and to Holland
1650 Comm. Gen. Assembly II 426.
A seasonable and necessary warning, … from the Commissioners of the Generall Assembly, vnto all the members of this Kirk
1658 Orkney Rentals App. 58.
Off necessitie it [sc. the church fabric] must ruine vnless some seisonable supplie be provided

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