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[an-tee-nuhp-shuh l, ‐chuh l]
  1. before marriage.
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Origin of antenuptial

First recorded in 1810–20; ante- + nuptial

Pronunciation note

See nuptial.
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Examples from the Web for antenuptial

Historical Examples

  • Antenuptial, an-te-nupsh′al, adj. before nuptials or marriage.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)


  • The first question that arises is as to the condition of this contract under evidence—this antenuptial contract.

  • That leaves us without any antenuptial contract, without any agreement to provide liberally for her in the will.

Word Origin and History for antenuptial


"prior to marriage," 1818, originally of children's births; see ante- + nuptial.

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