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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Levesum, adj. Also: leivesum. [Cf. Lefesum and Lesum.] Permissible. —1553 Perth Guildry p. 510 (13 Sept.).
And gif the said schir Johne hapnis to absent hym self of the toun fra the daly seruice be the space of ten days togiddir without licence askit and gevin as said is in that case it salbe levesum to vs and our succcessouris to gif the said pensioun to ony vthir we pleis
1564 Stirling B. Rec. I. 82.
In that caice its all nocht be levesum to that persone to be servit as na air
1567 Dundee B. Laws 369.
The saidis fyve ȝeris bean … furth rvnnyn it salbe levesum to the maister … to ressave ane vther printeis
Ib. 370. 1596 Dalr. I. 102/5.
The policie of dryueng a pray thay think sa leiuesum and lawful to thame that [etc.]
Ib. II. 473/17.
Finallie [it] was [not] leuesum frilie to lyue in menis cumpanie til onie, except to thame, quha dependet on the parte of L. James

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