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 for courtship
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Courtship \Court"ship\ (k?rt"sh?p), n.
     1. The act of paying court, with the intent to solicit a
        favor. --Swift.
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     2. The act of wooing in love; solicitation of woman to
        marriage.
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              This method of courtship, [by which] both sides are
              prepared for all the matrimonial adventures that are
              to follow.                            --Goldsmith.
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     3. Courtliness; elegance of manners; courtesy. [Obs.]
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              Trim gallants, full of courtship and of state.
                                                    --Shak.
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     4. Court policy; the character of a courtier; artifice of a
        court; court-craft; finesse. [Obs.]
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              She [the Queen] being composed of courtship and
              Popery.                               --Fuller.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  courtship
      n 1: a man's courting of a woman; seeking the affections of a
           woman (usually with the hope of marriage); "its was a brief
           and intense courtship" [syn: courtship, wooing,
           courting, suit]

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