One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of land) allowed to be jointly used or owned.‘the idea of having rights on the commonable land’
- ‘Section 23 requires the Secretary of State's permission to be given for any buildings or other works on National Trust owned commons or commonable land if public access to is likely to be prevented or impeded.’
- ‘The commonable places as well as the houses are fully equipped for the comfortable and qualitative stay of our clients.’
- ‘If the meeting so resolved, the Commissioners were to ascertain the names of the parties who were entitled to estates, rights, and interests in the common and commonable lands, and the amount or value of their respective rights.’
- ‘He and his tenants agreed in 1658 that he should enjoy the 500 acres in Barroway Fen and certain other waste fens and commonable grounds.’
- ‘The commonable lands were inclosed in 1808.’
- 1.1 (of an animal) allowed to be pastured on public land.‘these Acts exclude the deer and commonable cattle’
- ‘Originally all commonable animals had to be removed from the forest during fence month.’
- ‘Ponies, cattle, donkeys and mules are commonable animals.’
- ‘The Conservators may set the number of commonable animals which may be kept on the Forest; all commonable animals must be properly marked.’
- ‘An Agister is ‘on call’ day and night and responsible for the welfare of every commonable animal in his part of the forest.’
- ‘The East Croft was also commonable, but a small fee was charged for the accommodation of cattle.’
Early 17th century: from obsolete common ‘to exercise right of common’ + -able.
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