[noun pree-kon-trakt; verb pree-kuh n-trakt, -kon-trakt]
- to bind by means of a precontract.
- to contract for or agree to do (something) by means of a precontract.
- to make a precontract.
Origin of precontract
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Examples from the Web for pre-contract
But for my pre-contract, I had striven long ago to win her, and had been a happier man, mayhap.The Dove in the Eagle's Nest
Charlotte M. Yonge
In the first years of the colonies there existed a formal ceremony of betrothal called in Plymouth a pre-contract.Customs and Fashions in Old New England
Alice Morse Earle
Among the New England colonists there was a formal ceremony of betrothal, called a pre-contract or contraction.The Historical Child
A frail fibre of hope offered itself in the story of the pre-contract with the Count of Lorraine.
The documents relating to the pre-contract were not sent; his vexation converted a shadow into a reality.
- a contract or arrangement made beforehand, esp a betrothal
- to betroth or enter into a betrothal by previous agreement
- to make (an agreement, etc) by prior arrangement
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