precontract

[ noun pree-kon-trakt; verb pree-kuhn-trakt, -kon-trakt ]
/ noun priˈkɒn trækt; verb ˌpri kənˈtrækt, -ˈkɒn trækt /

noun

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.

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Origin of precontract

1375–1425; late Middle English (noun); see pre-, contract

OTHER WORDS FROM precontract

pre·con·trac·tive, adjectivepre·con·trac·tu·al [pree-kuhn-trak-choo-uhl], /ˌpri kənˈtræk tʃu əl/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for precontract

precontract

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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