Precontract meaning

prē-kŏntrăkt
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.

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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.

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An existing contract, such as the marriage contract, that incapacitates the maker from entering into any additional contract of the same kind.
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Of or relating to occurrences or states prior to a contract.

Precontract negotiations; precontract positions.

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A previous contract or pledge, as a betrothal, that bars the making of another.
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To bind by a previous contract or pledge.
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(law) A contract preceding another, especially a contract of marriage which, according to the ancient law, rendered void a subsequent marriage solemnized in violation of it.

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To contract prior to another process.
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To make a previous contract.

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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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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Origin of precontract