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antenuptial

[an-tee-nuhp-shuh l, ‐chuh l] /ˌæn tiˈnʌp ʃəl, ‐tʃəl/
adjective
1.
before marriage.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; ante- + nuptial
Pronunciation note
See nuptial.
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Examples for antenuptial
  • Tracing antenuptial agreements back through earlier encyclopedias yields slightly different results.
  • Prior to the marriage, the parties signed an antenuptial agreement.
Word Origin and History for antenuptial
adj.

"prior to marriage," 1818, originally of children's births; see ante- + nuptial.

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