[noun pree-kon-trakt; verb pree-kuh n-trakt, -kon-trakt]


a preexisting contract that legally prevents a person from making another contract of the same nature.
(formerly) such an agreement constituting a legally binding betrothal.

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.

Origin of precontract

1375–1425; late Middle English (noun); see pre-, contract
Related formspre·con·trac·tive, adjectivepre·con·trac·tu·al [pree-kuh n-trak-choo-uh l] /ˌpri kənˈtræk tʃu əl/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for pre-contractual


noun (priːˈkɒntrækt)

a contract or arrangement made beforehand, esp a betrothal

verb (ˌpriːkənˈtrækt)

to betroth or enter into a betrothal by previous agreement
to make (an agreement, etc) by prior arrangement
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