One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Liable or subject to prescription; derived from or founded on prescription. In later use also: capable of being prescribed.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Henry VIII (1491–1547), king of England and Ireland. From post-classical Latin prescriptibilis liable or subject to prescription from classical Latin praescrīpt-, past participial stem of praescrībere + -ibilis.
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