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: a contract preceding another
especially : an informal agreement of marriage made per verba de praesenti and formerly disabling one from entering into a similar contract with another person


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transitive verb

: to contract, engage, or stipulate by precontract

Word History



Middle English precontracte, from pre- + contracte, contract contract

Transitive verb

pre- + contract (verb)

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“Precontract.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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