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(Unpesabill,) Unpeceabile, Unpeaceable, adj. [ME and e.m.E. vnpesible (Wyclif), vnpeaceable (1570); Pesabill adj.] Turbulent, unruly. — c1520-c1535 Nisbet St. James iii 8.
Naman may chastice the toung for it is ane vnpeceabile [P. vnpesible] euile
c1520-c1535 Nisbet 1 Thess. v 14.
Repreue ye vnpeceabile [W. vnquyete, P. vnpesible] men
c1520-c1535 Nisbet 2 Thess. iii 7.
For we war nocht vnpeceabile [W. in pesyble, P. vnpesible] amang you
1673 Certainty of Death and Judgement (1673) 19.
Much unlike the unpeaceable and gady humor of many unruly persons in this irreligious and reeling age

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