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Really, -ie, adv.2 Also: realy(e, -ie; rial(l)-, ryallie. [Late ME rialliche (c1430) and e.m.E. really (1528–37), Real(l adj.2] In a real or material form or fashion, by action or deed, actually or in fact.Common in the phr. realye (and) with (also in) effect, also in effect realy.Also, coupled with trewlie.(1) 1456 Hay II 113/24.
The takenis … of the thingis that ar to be genderit in tyme tocum before or thai be maid in effect realy
1470 Reg. Panmure II 246.
I … sal pay realy and with effec … upon the hye altar of the paroche kirke of Dunde, the sowm of [etc.]
1545 Reg. Paisley App. 6.
We sall caus the saidis abbot … to be really and with effeck anseryit
c1550 Reg. Cupar A. II 175. 1565 Prot. Bk. J. Scott 11b.
Dauid Barklay … realie and with effect deliuerit to the said Dauid Orm … the saidis landis
1569 Reg. Privy C. II 77. 1589 St. A. B. Ct. 25 July.
Reallie & in effect
1630 Aberd. Council Lett. I 327.
The said John Forbes … did reallie with effect number and tell downe the said sowme
(b) 1541 Soc. Ant. III 161.
1542 Ex. Processes (Reg. H.) No. ii (Turnbull v. Carkettle).
The hale gudis libellat war rialie and with effect restorit [etc.]
a1578 Pitsc. I 289/13.
And thair ryallie and witht effect ressawit and admittit the Duike of Albanie protectour
1578 Reg. Privy C. III 11.
He hes riallie and with effect obtemperit and obeyit [etc.]
(2) 1515 Acta Conc. Publ. Aff. 62.
He was redy to ressave the said obedience realie and nocht per verba
1549 Compl. 8/31.
Quhil … he hed manifest realye, or ellis be certan testificatione the frutis of his laubours
1562-3 Winȝet I 111/17.
Quharein is ministrat realie thai graces præfigurat in the auld law
c1568 Lauder Minor P. i 280.
Thus it behouit Christ of necessitie Unto the Father to passe up reallie
1651 Innes Sketches 515.
Which courtesie … I sall … acknowledge really by all the service which God in better times sall enable me to doe unto yow
1661 Rep. Menzies in 6th Rep. Hist. MSS 696.
I was ever willing to declair all things realy as they wer circumstantiat
(3) 1557 Inverness Rec. I 6.
[They are] akit … conjunctle and seueralle bayth as ane and ane as bayth to reallie content and pay [etc.]
1592 Balcarres P. in Mining Rec. 85.
Lead eure … realie transportit out of this realme
1622 Falkirk Par. Rec. I 32.
Being accusit gin he saw the said Cristiane Watsoune realie do the samyn … or not
a1633 Hope Major Pract. II 116. 1633 (1711) Sibbald's Orkn. & Shetl. 32.
It answereth to a pound, but really contains 18 ounces
1639 Aberd. B. Rec. III 168.
Reallie doun tauld moneyes
1661 Cramond Kirk S. 28 Aug.
The said David … profest himself reallie greived
1671 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Processes No. 114. 1672 Kirkcudbr. Test. (Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct.) 20 Jan.
This he appoyntis to be … subscryvit be the notar … reallie affirming he cannot wryte
1679 Edinb. B. Rec. X 371.
And considering that he hes reallie bein a considerable loser … therefore [etc.]
1687 Shields Hind Let Loose 731.
When the execution of righteous judgment … natively and really doth conduce to the glory of God
1698 in H. Dalrymple Decis. (1792) 4.
The donatar … was not found liable … nor the estate really affected
(4) c1568 Lauder Minor P. i 311.
Tha maid Christ reallie In to thair Messe, and eate him carnallie
1580 Hay in Cath. Tr. 54/16. a1597-1617 Hist. Jas. VI (1825) 21.
The castell of Edinburgh whilk was anis reallie in the regentis possessioun
1562-3 Winȝet I 84/28.
Gif ȝe nothir affirm Christe realie thair præsent [etc.]
(5) 1558-9 Godlie Exhort.
Under the forme of breaid … is contenit trewlie, & realie, our Salviour Jesus Christe
1631 J. Loch Sutherland Dates & Documents (1859) 18.
Untill the compositioun and summe … be reallie and trewlie payit

b. In collocation with pun(e)ist: ? In respect of his property, as by fine or confiscation. 1520 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 56.
This person to be realye puneist, his gudis tane [etc.]
1532 Ib. 123.
And to be punyst thairefter really efter the discretioun of our bailyeis
1570 Haddington B. Rec. (Robb) 27 July.
Gif ony wache man failȝeis in his wachein, … that wache man salbe reallie punist

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