1) Resident, as a noun or adjective, a status within a community that could guarantee a person’s rights and liberties.

1476 the tenauntes of oure Duchie of Lancastre and thinhabitaunts and receants, York

1534 then habytances [the inhabitants] and receauntes within the said towne ... shuld elect ... gouerners, Beverley

1570 tymbre for necesarie buyldynges ... to be takyn by the appointment of the officers ... resiant within the seyd manor, Honley

1596 ‘Any person chosen Governor shall be Resiant, Inhabytinge and keepe house within the town’, Beverley.

dates 1476 1534 1570 1596

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