[ noun pree-kon-trakt; verb pree-kuhn-trakt, -kon-trakt ]
/ noun priˈkɒn trækt; verb ˌpri kənˈtrækt, -ˈkɒn trækt /
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verb (used with object)
to bind by means of a precontract.
to contract for or agree to do (something) by means of a precontract.
verb (used without object)
to make a precontract.
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OTHER WORDS FROM precontractpre·con·trac·tive, adjectivepre·con·trac·tu·al [pree-kuhn-trak-choo-uhl], /ˌpri kənˈtræk tʃu əl/, adjective
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How to use precontract in a sentence
Among the New England colonists there was a formal ceremony of betrothal, called a pre-contract or contraction.The Historical Child|Oscar Chrisman
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
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
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.
British Dictionary definitions for precontract
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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