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premarital

[pree-mar-i-tl] /priˈmær ɪ tl/
adjective
1.
preceding marriage.
Origin of premarital
1885-1890
First recorded in 1885-90; pre- + marital
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  • Everyone needs and should have premarital counseling, if only to help them to this all important insight.

    Herein is Love

    Reuel L. Howe
  • Tim Fisher obviously desired extramarital relations with Mrs. Bagley—or was it premarital relations?

    The Fourth R George Oliver Smith
  • But they wouldn't be premarital with Tim unless he followed through and married Mrs. Bagley.

    The Fourth R George Oliver Smith
British Dictionary definitions for premarital

premarital

/priːˈmærɪtəl/
adjective
1.
(esp of sexual relations) occurring before marriage Compare extramarital
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Word Origin and History for premarital
adj.

also pre-marital, 1863, from pre- + marital. Phrase pre-marital sex attested from 1953.

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