precontract

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

pre- +‎ contract

Noun[edit]

precontract (plural precontracts)

  1. (law) A contract preceding another, especially a contract of marriage which, according to the ancient law, rendered void a subsequent marriage solemnized in violation of it.
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Verb[edit]

precontract (third-person singular simple present precontracts, present participle precontracting, simple past and past participle precontracted)

  1. To contract prior to another process.
  2. To make a previous contract.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.