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premarital

[pree-mar-i-tl] /priˈmær ɪ tl/
adjective
1.
preceding marriage.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; pre- + marital
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Examples for premarital
  • Certainly the priest won't do the premarital counseling yet.
  • In addition, many who favor premarital education are members of the clergy.
  • More couples are getting premarital education, perhaps thinking it may give their new marriages divorce protection.
  • They are essentially saying no to premarital romance.
British Dictionary definitions for premarital

premarital

/priːˈmærɪtəl/
adjective
1.
(esp of sexual relations) occurring before marriage Compare extramarital
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Word Origin and History for premarital
adj.

also pre-marital, 1863, from pre- + marital. Phrase pre-marital sex attested from 1953.

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