- The definition of a precontract is a contract already in place that makes the creation of a new contract illegal.
An example of a precontract is a marriage.
- To precontract is to establish a contract for work to be completed before an event happens.
An example of precontract is to arrange for tables and chairs to be set up before volunteers arrive to pack boxes.
(third-person singular simple present precontracts, present participle precontracting, simple past and past participle precontracted)
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
pre- +"Ž contract
- This act offended the English barons, but in choosing a new queen John gave much greater offence abroad; he Carried off Isabella of Angoulme from her affianced husband, Hugh of Lusignan, the son of the count of Ia Marche, his greatest vassal in northern Aquitaine, and married her despite the precontract.