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  • v. To have a (specified kind of) conscience.
  • v. To find conscionable.


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Some modern uses may be back-formations from conscionable.


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  • This is now, with disambiguation, topping my favorites list. From the OED:

    ..on conscionable:

    "Found with its compounds, and CONSCIONED, in first half of 16th c. These, with CONSCIONLESS, appear to be popular formations from conscion, taken as a singular of conscien-ce (see note to the latter)."

    on conscien-ce:

    "In the 15-16th c., the word appears to have been often, by reason of its final s sound, associated with plurals like wits, brains, bowels, as patience is still in dialects. Cf. the illiterate spellings consions, conchons, etc.: hence apparently conscion- in CONSCIONABLE, CONSCIONED, CONSCIONLESS. "

    I love it. Definitely used in speech (I use it a few times a year, without thinking about it), and the origin of some great com-fauxing-pounds, but invisible in print!

    February 26, 2010