nubility


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nu·bile

 (no͞o′bĭl, -bīl′, nyo͞o′-)
adj.
1. Ready for marriage; of a marriageable age or condition. Used of young women.
2. Sexually mature and attractive. Used of young women.

[Latin nūbilis, from nūbere, to take a husband.]

nu·bil′i·ty (no͞o-bĭl′ĭ-tē, nyo͞o-) n.
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nubility

the condition of being marriageable, especially in reference to a woman’s age or physical development. — nubile, adj.
See also: Women
the condition of being marriageable, especially in reference to a woman’s age or physical development. — nubile, adj.
See also: Marriage
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