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feme sole

[sohl] /soʊl/
noun, plural femes sole. Law.
1.
an unmarried woman, whether never married, widowed, or divorced.
2.
a married woman who is independent of her husband with respect to property.
Origin of feme sole
1520-1530
1520-30; < Anglo-French
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feme sole

noun (law)
1.
a single woman, whether spinster, widow, or divorcee
2.
a woman whose marriage has been annulled or is otherwise independent of her husband, as by owning her own property
Word Origin
C16: from Anglo-French: a woman alone
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