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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 no·bil·i·ty /noˈbɪləti/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 No·bil·i·ty n.
 1. The quality or state of being noble; superiority of mind or of character; commanding excellence; eminence.
    Though she hated Amphialus, yet the nobility of her courage prevailed over it.   --Sir P. Sidney.
 They thought it great their sovereign to control,
 And named their pride nobility of soul.   --Dryden.
 2. The state of being of high rank or noble birth; patrician dignity; antiquity of family; distinction by rank, station, or title, whether inherited or conferred.
    I fell on the same argument of preferring virtue to nobility of blood and titles, in the story of Sigismunda.   --Dryden.
 3. Those who are noble; the collective body of nobles or titled persons in a state; the aristocratic and patrician class; the peerage; as, the English nobility.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a privileged class holding hereditary titles [syn: aristocracy]
      2: the quality of being exalted in character or ideals or
         conduct [syn: magnanimousness, grandeur]
      3: the state of being of noble birth [syn: noblesse]