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Having or showing characteristics traditionally associated with masculinity, such as courage or reserve.

man′ful·ly adv.
man′ful·ness n.
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Noun1.manfulness - the trait of being manlymanfulness - the trait of being manly; having the characteristics of an adult male
masculinity - the trait of behaving in ways considered typical for men
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In the shade of its flourishing growth he stood with braced and self-confident legs, and since nothing could now be discovered he did not shrink from an encounter with the eyes of judges, and allowed no thoughts of his own to keep him from an attitude of manfulness. He had performed his mistakes in the dark, so he was still a man.
Rude stubborn self- help here; a whole world of squalor, rudeness, confused misery and want, yet of nobleness and manfulness withal.
And Tom was becoming a new boy, though with frequent tumbles in the dirt and perpetual hard battle with himself, and was daily growing in manfulness and thoughtfulness, as every high-couraged and well-principled boy must, when he finds himself for the first time consciously at grips with self and the devil.