|v. t.||1.||To contract, engage, or stipulate previously.|
|v. i.||1.||To make a previous contract or agreement.|
|n.||1.||(Law) A contract preceding another|
PRECONTRACT. An engagement entered into by a person, which renders him unable to enter into another; as a promise or covenant of marriage to be had afterwards. When made per verba de presenti, it is in fact a marriage, and in that case the party making it cannot marry another person.