- preceding marriage.
Origin of premarital
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Examples from the Web for premarital
Much of the series was turned over to moralistic preaching about the evils of premarital sex.‘7th Heaven’ Dad Stephen Collins and the Christian Right’s Real Morality Tale
October 8, 2014
Volunteers were asked about masturbation and their thoughts on premarital sex, but not about their girlfriends or friendships.What Harvard’s Grant Study Reveals about Happiness and Life
November 7, 2012
His 1973 doctorate dissertation on sex education was titled “Sexual Socialization and Premarital Sexual Behavior.”Graham Spanier: Penn State’s Next Indictment?
August 24, 2012
People often married young within the Sea Org, as premarital sex was forbidden.Scientology’s Sea Org: A Story of Escape for Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise
July 6, 2012
Premarital sex and cohabitation may have been rare half a century or more ago, but now they are common among all groups.Charles Murray’s ‘Coming Apart’ and the Culture Myth
Ralph Richard Banks
February 8, 2012
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?
But they wouldn't be premarital with Tim unless he followed through and married Mrs. Bagley.
- (esp of sexual relations) occurring before marriageCompare extramarital
Word Origin and History for premarital
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