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sac-leás, adj.
Wright's OE grammar
free from charge or
accusation, innocent
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  • Swerian hig ðæt hig nellan nǽnne sacleásan man forsecgean ne nǽnne sacne forhelan,

      L. Eth. iii. 3; Th. i. 294, 5.
  • Fiónge mec habbaþ sacleósne (sacleás, Lind., cf.

    Icel. saklaust without cause) odio me habuerunt gratis,

      Jn. Skt. Rush. 15, 25.
free from charge or
contention, unmolested, secure
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  • On ðæt gerád ðæt ðes cynges men sacleás beón móston on ðám castelan ðe hí ǽr þes eorles unþances begiten hæfdon,

      Chr. 1091; Erl. 227, 9.
  • Eádgár æþeling wæs gefangen; ðone lét se cyng syððan sacleás faran,

      1106; Erl. 241, 20.
  • Sacleáso iwih wé gedóeþ

    securos vos faciemus,

      Mt. Kmbl. Lind. 28, 14.
[Ðo þe hadden on þesse liue alle here sunnes forleten and bet . . . alle he quað hem saclese, O. E. Homl. ii. 171, 35. Wass Crist sacclæs o rode naȝȝedd, Orm. 1900. Sacles (without strife, freely) he let hin welden it so, Gen. and Ex. 916. Icel. sak-lauss innocent, not guilty. Sackless still remains in Northern dialects, but seems to have got a meaning, with which innocent also is used, that of silly, simple. v. Jamieson, Halliwell, and E. D. S. Publications.]
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  • sac-leás, adj.