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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Locatio(u)n, n. [e.m.E. location (1592) letting for hire, (1597) position, situation, (1623) placing, L. locātio f. locāre Locat v.] a. The action of placing or depositing. b. The action of letting for hire or on lease, hiring out, letting. The correlative is conduction, taking on hire, hence location-conduction (= legal L. locatio-conductio). —a. c1530-40 Stewart Bann. MS. 216 a/15.
[To] mak plane proclamatioun To gaddir all sic lybillis [MS. bybillis] besely And in the fyre mak thair locatioun
b. 1581 Acts III. 211/2.
[That no minister] mak or sett ony fewis, takis, rentallis [etc.] … of the renttis of his benefice to the preiudice of his successoure … quhairuntill in cais he failȝe his sett and locatioun to be decernit null
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. i. 52 b.
Ane debt may be aweand, be reason of location and conduction … quhen ane man lets ane thing to ane other man to hyre induring ane certaine time for certaine rent or hyre aggried betwixt them
Ib. Table. ii 86.
Location (setting for hyre and profite)
Location and conduction of kirk-lands
1665–7 Lauder Jrnl. 107.
Location-conduction of lands, called their ferming, are wery usuall in France
1681 Stair Inst. i. xv.

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