a.1.Like a huswife; capable; economical; prudent.
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So Virgilia in Coriolanus will not step abroad in her husband's absence; whilst Antony is away Octavia will spend her time praying on her knees for him; and in a series of plays by Heywood, How a Man May Choose a Good Wife from a Bad, 1 EdwardIV, and The Rape of Lucrece, heroines are seen supervising households and voluntarily abasing themselves by following a narrow, restricting, huswifely code.