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Condit(e, Condyt(e, n. Also: -ditt, -dict; -deyt, -deitt, -det. [ME. condyt (c 1300), -dit(e, variant of conduyt Conduit n. Cf. Cundit.]

1. A safe-conduct. (Cf. Sauf-condite.)(a) a1400 Leg. S. xl. 1195.
Thane vrat he for a condyt, & it was grantit hym tyt
c1420 Wynt. vi. 528.
That he … na condyte Wald hald, na kepe to thaim his fay
1445 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 13.
Twa of the baillieis … has resauit in to saafgarde … Roger Yhong, Inglisman, … because of scortnes of his condit
1533 Bell. Livy I. 273/4.
Siclike war all sworne nocht to departe but his licence and conditt
1546 Corr. M. Lorraine 169.
Thair is ane condict writtin for to the lordis Ruthven and Paslay
(b) c1475 Wall. viii. 1499.
A harrold went … quhar at the Scottis lay, Condeyt till haiff, quhill thai haiff said thar will. The consaill sone a condeyt gaiff him till
Ib. xi. 912.
He … Set on his clok a takyn for to se, The lyoun in wax that suld his condet be

2. a. One of the passages in the body. 1456 Hay II. 141/7.
Syk wynis confourtis the stomak, … and gydis it better throu the wayis of the naturale condytis
1533 Boece xiv. xiv. 568 b.
His jevellouris … at his nether conditt schot in ane tre bois and holkit
16.. Hist. Kennedy 49.
Ane passage to the bluid to descend doun about the hairtt throw the condeitt of the throppill

b. An underground passage; a conduit. 1490 Irland Mir. I. 79/15.
[The] riueris … enteris … within certane conditis of the erde wnknawin to us
a1500 Seven S. 2366.
At the last The knycht furth at the condit past
Ib. 2382.
At the condit in ȝeid he
1533 Bell. Livy I. 88/12.
He drewe mony closettis, condittis, & synkis fra the hicht of the toun … to purge the sammyn of all corruptioun and filth
1556–7 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 207.
To Michell, calsaymaker, for enlarging of the condit theirof
Ib. 208.
Item for thre dosoun of wall stanis to the round of the condit

3. Conduct, behaviour. 1567 Reg. Morton I. 31.
Be the … incircumspect conditt of our folkis thair wes sum lytill defait

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