pre·​nup·​tial | \ (ˌ)prē-ˈnəp-shəl How to pronounce prenuptial (audio) , -chəl, nonstandard -chə-wəl \

Definition of prenuptial

: made or occurring before marriage a prenuptial party

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Recent Examples on the Web Much will depend on whether a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement outlining the terms of a possible split exists, according to lawyers who handle divorces for wealthy individuals. Laura Stevens And Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "Bezos Divorce Clouds His Stake in Amazon," 9 Jan. 2019 But many prenuptial financial conversations are not well planned. Paul Sullivan, New York Times, "Getting Married? Forget Sweet Nothings; Let’s Talk About Money," 27 Apr. 2018 That’s not antagonistic; that’s just good prenuptial sense. Mallory Ortberg, Slate Magazine, "Prudie counsels a woman whose husband ruined her friendship in order to “get her back.”," 25 Apr. 2017 At one point, Zago presented her with a prenuptial agreement. By Jose Lambiet, miamiherald, "The South Beach-Hollywood divorce that took only 15 minutes to make final," 17 Aug. 2017 As a result, the prenuptial agreement is starting to lose its taboo. Jonnelle Marte,, "Why you're more likely to have a prenup than your parents were," 7 Aug. 2017 The tech tycoon is now worth $16.6 billion, according to Forbes, and the divorce filing that Riley made in Los Angeles Superior Court in March 2016 did not mention a prenuptial agreement. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "Elon Musk and Amber Heard Have Split After a Year of Dating," 7 Aug. 2017 To avoid post-divorce legal squabbles over student debt, couples can create a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement. Anna Helhoski, USA TODAY, "5 ways marriage affects your student loans," 26 June 2017 HB 4751: Clarify the enforceability of prenuptial agreements. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Legislature's latest bills take up hot button issues: abortion, family leave and pot," 18 June 2017

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1857, in the meaning defined above

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“Prenuptial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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