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(Plain,) Plane, a.2 Also: playn(e. [ME. pleyn (Manning), playn, plein(e, plene, OF. plein, plene, plain, plaigne, L. plēnus.]Cf. the note to Plain a.1, and senses 3 d, 4 and 10 of that word.

Complete in every respect, full, plenary, entire, absolute.Of non-material things. a1400 Leg. S. Prol. 135.
He thame gafe Playne powar our the laffe To bynd and lois
1385 Red Bk. Grandtully I. 139*.
Beand my playne and ful endyt dome
c1400 Troy-bk. i. 58.
So that ȝour gudys all be tane As plane eschete
1418–19 Liber Melros II. 502.
With full and playne possessioun
1423 15th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. viii. 33.
Grantand my ful and playn pouere
1456 Hay II. 152/37.
Kepe wele that thou geve never thy plane powar till a … commissare allane
1490 Irland Mir. I. 76/12.
For than his [Adam's] sensualite … was wndir plane obediens and regimen of ressoune
Ib. 123/24.
Lettiris of plane indulgeans and grace
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xlviii. 181.
Our peax our play our plane felicite Chryst thé conserf frome all aduersite
1531 Bell. Boece (M) I. 53.
Be plane consent of parliament
1535 Stewart 18545.
With plane power he met him into feild
1545 Douglas Corr. 157.
That ȝour mageste [sc. Henry VIII] ville heif ane plane conqueisse off this realme
1586 Misc. Spald. C. IV. 74.

b. ? Fully provided or possessed. a1500 Sir Eger 366.
Within a day she came again Of all my gear she made me plain

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