Without recompense. A crime for which monetary compensation was inadequate. In LHP among such offences were *husbreche and arson; also, treachery towards one's lord and endangering the king through killing.
Cf. Bot 1

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  • bootless — adjective archaic (of a task) ineffectual; useless. Origin OE bōtlēas not able to be compensated for by payment (see boot2) …   English new terms dictionary

  • bootless — boot•less [[t]ˈbut lɪs[/t]] adj. unavailing; useless • Etymology: bef. 1000; ME; OE bōtlēas unpardonable boot′less•ly, adv. boot′less•ness, n …   From formal English to slang

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