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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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A girl hitting puberty is the primary marker for marriageability to these people.
Specifically, Congress should use its spending power to condition 10 percent of federal education funding on states' enactment of uniform child marriage laws: eighteen as the minimum age of marriageability without exception.
She has since sung the formidable murderess (Kostelnicka kills Jenufa's baby in order to insure her stepdaughter's marriageability) in London and New York.
class="MsoNormalThe fight against FGM cannot be won in isolation and, therefore, there is a need to work with boys and men in demystifying the myths around it as a prerequisite to marriageability of girls, especially in a patriarchal communities, as they are the key decision makers and the end consumers of the product'.
Only Lorato's boyfriend was identified as monna (man), with explicit reference to his potential marriageability. Rather than pregnancy--in which men are only indeterminately recognizable, and from the dikgang of which they are excluded--it is marriage that confers on men a degree of recognition and the ability to reproduce and realign kin relations.
If young women in China follow the example of their peers in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and elsewhere, the prospects for the marriageability of China's prospective future bridegrooms will dim all the more.
As Mary, a ritual instructor said, "about increasing a woman's chances of marriageability, I would say yes, because a man may prefer a girl who has gone through chinamwali, because he is assured that she will keep the home." This is also evident among the Shangaan of Zimbabwe (Chikunda et al 2006: 150), where it is said that during the Khomba, the female initiation rite, a young woman is taught that to be "successful" as a good wife and a good daughter in-law, one of the indicators is that she should be able to please her husband sexually.
(2014) found 100% of participants considered FGM to enhance marriageability including preserving virginity.
The diminished marriageability of disabled women in Sri Lanka is a manifestation of systemic oppression brought about by exclusionary institutional practices as opposed to inherent undesirability.
In the first article of this issue, Hamad and AbuBaker shaded light on the factors that shape the attitudes of seventeen Sudanese adult men in the Omdurman Local Market toward factors that shape females' marriageability. The researchers applied in-depth interview as a tool to collect data from seventeen adult males-bread winners in the Sudanese Local Market, and arrived to the fact that the familial consultative groups, which is present in the Sudanese families, are most influential in the decision-making concerning females' marriageability and marriageableness.
At several points the movement from one stage to another was ritually marked, so that marriageability for the female was signalled by participation in seclusion upon menarche, and the nose piercing ritual.
(1) By tracing the stages from girlhood into young womanhood and providing intertextual commentary on each stage, "The Seven Ages of Childhood" does not fit with the customary reading of Smith's art as confirming and promoting conventional notions of childhood and family life; rather, the intertextuality of Smith's visual and verbal elements in "The Seven Ages of Childhood" reveals an implicit critique of the traditional teleological arc of girlhood, the telos of which was marriageability. In Smith's vision, such an arc moves from potentiality to stricture, from personal agency to troubled resignation, and therefore speaks to anxieties about American girlhood and womanhood at the turn of the twentieth century.