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prenuptial

[ pree-nuhp-shuhl, ‐chuhl ]
/ priˈnʌp ʃəl, ‐tʃəl /
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adjective
before marriage.
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Origin of prenuptial

First recorded in 1865–70; pre- + nuptial

how to pronounce prenuptial

See nuptial.
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What does prenuptial mean?

Prenuptial means before marriage.

Prenuptial is most commonly used in the term prenuptial agreement, which refers to a legal contract entered into by a couple before marriage that specifies things like the division of their finances and assets, especially in case the marriage ends, such as through divorce. It is commonly called a prenup for short.

Example: Everyone thought it was strange that we had a prenuptial agreement, but life is unpredictable.

Where does prenuptial come from?

The word prenuptial is composed of the prefix pre-, meaning “before,” and the word nuptial, meaning “of or relating to marriage.” The first records of the word prenuptial come from the mid-1800s, with the term prenuptial agreement first appearing in records from the late 1800s. The word prenup has been used as a shortened form of prenuptial agreement since at least the 1980s.

Every prenuptial agreement is different based on what the couple wants it to include. Most prenups cover things like which member of the couple is entitled to certain portions of property, inheritance, and savings, or which member is responsible for certain things, such as debt.

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How is prenuptial used in real life?

Prenuptial is by far most commonly used in the term prenuptial agreement.

 

 

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The word prenuptial is used to describe things as happening or being created at what time in relation to marriage?

A. before marriage
B. during marriage
C. after marriage
D. all of the above

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British Dictionary definitions for prenuptial

prenuptial
/ (priːˈnʌpʃəl, -tʃəl) /

adjective
occurring or existing before marriagea prenuptial agreement
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