precontract

precontract

[n. pree-kon-trakt; v. pree-kuhn-trakt, -kon-trakt]
noun
1.
a preexisting contract that legally prevents a person from making another contract of the same nature.
2.
(formerly) such an agreement constituting a legally binding betrothal.
verb (used with object)
3.
to bind by means of a precontract.
4.
to contract for or agree to do (something) by means of a precontract.
verb (used without object)
5.
to make a precontract.

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

precontractive, adjective
precontractual [pree-kuhn-trak-choo-uhl] , adjective
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precontract
 
n
1.  a contract or arrangement made beforehand, esp a betrothal
 
vb
2.  to betroth or enter into a betrothal by previous agreement
3.  to make (an agreement, etc) by prior arrangement

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