One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a woman) without a dowry.‘his daughters would be portionless and therefore unlikely to find husbands’
- ‘She was young, portionless, bad with money, indecisive, and indolent.’
- ‘He further insists on the reasonableness of his expectations, mocking the accusation that he would have men abandon pregnant women and leave them portionless.’
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