marriageability


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mar·riage·a·ble

 (măr′ĭ-jə-bəl)
adj.
Suitable for marriage: of marriageable age.

mar′riage·a·bil′i·ty, mar′riage·a·ble·ness n.
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Noun1.marriageability - eligibility for marriage
eligibility - the quality or state of being eligible; "eligibility of a candidate for office"; "eligibility for a loan"
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