from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An existing contract that obviates the making of another contract of the same kind: a precontract of marriage.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
- v. To contract prior to another process
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To contract, engage, or stipulate previously.
- intransitive v. To make a previous contract or agreement.
- n. A contract preceding another.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A previous contract or engagement; especially, a previous betrothal or contract of marriage.
- To contract beforehand; bind or make over by a previous contract; particularly, to betroth before something else.
- To form a previous contract; come to a previous arrangement or agreement.
pre- + contract (Wiktionary)