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GENTLEWOMAN. This word is unknown to the law in the United States, and is but little used. In England. it was, formerly, a good addition of the state or degree of a woman. 2 Inst. 667.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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But the system itself was open to abuse, you know, the self-certification system relying on gentlemanly or gentlewomanly behaviour is no longer appropriate.
(2003), "Gentlewomanly Capitalism: Widows and Wealth Holding in England and Wales c.1800-1860," Economic History Review, 2nd series, Vol.
Grandma Shaw disregards Polly's lack of fashionable clothes, and recognizes her as a true gentlewomanly type, telling her: "you have lived in the country, and haven't learned that modesty has gone out of fashion" (16).