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
- n. A contract preceding another.
- intransitive v. To make a previous contract or agreement.
- transitive v. To contract, engage, or stipulate previously.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
- n. A previous contract or engagement; especially, a previous betrothal or contract of marriage.
However, the Standard states that if such "precontract" costs are re - liably measurable and it is probable that the contract will be secured, then such costs are included as part of the overall contract cost.
Perhaps he also knew, or had good reason to believe, that the Eleanor Butler precontract story was not the case.
On 9 July the convocation pronounced the marriage invalid, on the grounds of a possible precontract and on a lack of inward consent for the bridegroom.
On the 12. daie of Maie, the ladie Berengaria daughter to the king of Nauarre was maried according to a precontract vnto king
The grounds of the sentence are not stated, but there may have been two -- the alleged precontract with the Earl of Northumberland, which the Earl denied on oath and on the sacrament, and the previous affinity between Anne and Henry arising from the King's relations with
She alleged a precontract on the part of her husband, Angus, which was never proved.
Richard claimed the crown on the ground that a precontract rendered his brother's marriage invalid, and Henry VII. tacitly allowed the same doubt to continue.
South Africa's Bongani Kumalo having already penned a precontract agreement.
They held that their country was under a precontract to the Most High, and could never, while the world lasted, enter into any engagement inconsistent with that precontract.
What convinces us of this is, that the first impulse of the king and his advisers, upon discovering through a secret communication made by Anne the existence of a precontract, and the consequent vitiation of her marriage with the king, had been, to charge upon Anne a new and scandalous offence.