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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Insafer, conj. phr. Also: insafar, insuafar, insofar. [The phr. in sa fer, far (see Fer adv. 3 b (2) and Far adv. 3 b), written as one word.] In so far (as), inasmuch (as), to such an extent (that). 1483 Acta Conc. II. cxv.
Insafer as it salbe fundin awand to him
1490 Irland Mir. I. 93/28.
Insafer as it was agane … God
1492 Acta Conc. I. 208/1.
The soume of [160] angelis … insafer as is vnpayit
1500 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 80.
Autorist be ws insafer as we haue autorite
1518 Chart. Coupar A. II. 119.
To anssuer … insafer as law wyll
1555 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 214.
[He] protestit … insafer as he had complenit … and cuid get na remaid
1580 Rec. Earld. Orkney 151.
Insafar as thai had nocht persewit the risting of the decreit
1588 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 25.
To have violat his aith … insofar as he socht uther lordschip
1596 Dalr. I. 269/31.
Insafar that a certane and sure ordour of kingis coulde not well be collected

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