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Liquidat, p.p. and v. Also: -att, -ate. [Cf. late L. liquidātus, p.p. of liquidāre to liquefy, f. liquidus Liquid a. Cf. also e.m.E. liquidat(e v. (1620– ) in other uses.]

1. p.p. Of debts or other due payments: Fixed in advance at a definite sum, specified exactly. b. Of payments in kind, material damages, or services: Judicially or authoritatively assessed; having a monetary equivalent ascertained and prescribed by decree of a court and appointed to be so paid. 1546 Blackfriars Perth 216.
Quhilk malis grassumes and dewties are liquidat in the said decrete
1558–9 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. I. 159.
Thair allegit poynding … aucht nocht to be done of the commound law without it hed beyne evikkat, liquidat and [etc.]
1574 Reg. Privy S. II. 417.
He findand sufficient cautioun … to amend the skayth done to his gudis the same being liquidat under the pane of rebellion
1587 Prot. Bk. J. Mason (A.A.A. 6) 240.
Off the quhilk sowme in … compleit payment of the said Davidis pairt of the said meir, prices and proffeitis thairof, liquidat in the said decreit, the said Beatrix … held her weill content
1596 Grant Chart. 187.
To … pay … the sowme of fywe hundrethe markis … as liquidatt and dett restand awand be me
1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v. Recognition.
The superiour may recognosce … lands … for service aucht to him … , bot … the service aucht to be proven and liquidat, and thereafter the landes may be lauchfully comprised
Id. Reg. Maj. i. 77.
The judge sal take ane pledge fra the defender … to pay the debt, with the skaiths taxat and liquidat in the persewers clame
1617 Acts IV. 559/1.
The act of the lordis of his ma[jesties] exchequer … quhairby the saidis lordis … hes liquidat and sett doun the pryces of the malt [etc.] … and vtheris customes mentionat in the said infeftment to be payit to his majestie
Or of the pryces of the said … customes to the qlk the same is liquidat be the said act
1622-6 Bisset I. 136/21. 1676 Edinb. B. Rec. X. 270.
[The Council] to the effect the quantetie of the impositione may be liquidat apoynts [a committee to consider the matter]
1678 Fountainhall Decis. I. 4. 1681 Stair Inst. i. xviii. § 6. 1693 Acts IX. 259/1.
The Justice of Peace … befor whom the value of the said quartering or damage shall be instructed and liquidate

2. v. tr. a. To ascertain and prescribe judicially the exact amount or monetary equivalent of (a rent in kind etc.). b. To specify in advance the exact amount of (a payment).a. c1575 Balfour Pract. 41.
Ane baron, in his awin court, may liquidate the prices of his fermis, auchtand to him be his tenentis
b. 1691 Conv. Burghs IV. 139.
The … vnfrie burghs … refuised to condescend and liquidat what proportion of burden they wold vndertake for these [royal] burghs
Ib. 140.
Fyve of them … wold not liquidat ther offer

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