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Numerat, ppl. a. Also: -ate, nwmerat; novmerat, nowmerat; nomerrat; numberat. [L. numerāt-us (see Numerat v.), e.m.E. numerate (1655–60).]

1. Reckoned by number, counted. 1567 G. Ball. 201.
His pater-nosters bocht and sauld His numerat aueis and psalmes tauld

2. Of money or payment: Counted out in ready money; paid over in cash; ready (money), cash. = Noumerit ppl. a. 1.b. Exception of nocht or non numerat money, answering to the exceptio non numeratæ pecuniæ of Roman law, i.e. the plea that the money specified had not been advanced. ‘By the usual style of bonds, the debtor renounces the exception of not numerated money; which clause hath been first introduced, from an apprehension, that without it that exception would be admitted in our law, as it was in the Roman; but it is merely a clause of style, which takes nothing from the force or effect of the obligation’ (Erskine Inst. iii. ii. § 5). See also Bell Dict. Sc. Law s.v. Exceptio non numeratæ pecuniæ and Stair Inst. i. x. § 11. 1506 Glasgow Dioc. Reg. II. 161.
The sowme of sex score of merkis deliuerit be him to me in nowmerat and vsuall mony
1509 Ib. 338.
1526 Red Bk. Grandtully I. 63. 1554 Reg. Cupar A. II. 113. 1567 Inverness Rec. I. 151.
Rassauit … the sowme of twentie pundis in numerat monye of this realme
1569 Crail B. Ct. MS. 27 Aug.
Quhilk sowme … Andro grantis hym really and with effecte to haif ressauit in numerate money
1571 Prot. Bk. A. Millar 8 b.
The said James Ker … makis reall offer to him … in nowmerat and tald money
1577 Stewart Mem. 106.
1583 Inverness Rec. I. 294.
1585 Bk. Dunvegan I. 77.
Hale and togiddyr in numerat mone in ane sowme upon ane day
1595 Misc. Spald. C. V. 204.
In numberat and laufull money
1610 Logie Par. Hist. I. 66.
As to my buikis … that they be put in numerat money and employit to the weill and use of my said wyf and bairnis
1649 Acts Sederunt i. 61.
In regaird he hath taken right … of his own client's controverted plea, and that without any onerous cause or numerat money
1659 Rothesay B. Rec. 282.
1674 Edinb. B. Rec. X. 180.
The sowmes of money dew theirfor were actuallie payed in downtold and numerat money
1693 Fountainhall Decis. I. 556.
Whether what he gave Seaforth in numerate money was bona fide payment
b. 1583 Perth B. Ct. 30 April.
(a) Dischargeing for me and myne him and his of the price thairof simpliciter renunceand expreslie the exceptioun of nocht numerat money and all vther exceptiones
1610 Bk. Dunvegan I. 81. 1616 Orkney & Shetl. Rec. I. 240. 1688 Irvine Deeds 8 June.(b) 1583 Perth B. Ct. 23 Sept.
Resauit … in numerat money renunceand the pactioun of repetitioun and exceptiounof non numerat money
1606 Grant Chart. 204.
Non novmerat
1632 Galloway P. 5 Oct.

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