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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.

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Adam Jones has agreed a precontract with French giants Toulon that will see him play for the club after the 2015 World Cup, according to reports.
And despite offers of an PS8million deal from LA Galaxy and PS6m to play in China, he has stalled on signing a precontract with a foreign club because he wants to stay in England, with Chelsea now considering giving him a 12-month extension.
PSG will make a precontract offer in January for Cole to join them on a free transfer at the end of the season.
Parsons is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the precontract design services for the Al Shamal Sewage Treatment Works (STW) in Qatar.
The allegation of fraud stems from supposed discrepancies between Deloitte's precontract representations and the actual experience and abilities of the company's consultants, who allegedly made serious errors in designing and implementing the system.
Meanwhile reports suggest Everton have signed a precontract agreement with Slovakian goal keeper Jan Mucha for him to join in the summer.
Meanwhile James McPake, who City have already signed on a precontract agreement, has told Livingston that he wants to leave immediately rather than wait until the summer.
Central defender McPake, 24, has already signed a precontract agreement to join Coventry on June 1 next year when his contract with Livingston expires.
St Patrick's Athletic midfielder Keith Fahey has signed a precontract agreement with Birmingham City and will join Alex McLeish's side on a three-and-ahalf-year deal on January 2, 2009.
Manager Gus MacPherson has confirmed left-back Kirk Broadfoot will play despite signing a precontract agreement with the Ibrox club.
8) Findings of this nature would seem to suggest that women would do almost anything for the security of marriage, even if it meant staying in an unhealthy marriage, or with a man who would really rather be married to someone else, as was often the case in multi-party litigation where precontract (bigamy) was the issue at contest.
Phenylephrine was applied to precontract the rings, followed by cumulative addition of acetylcholine to obtain concentration--relaxation curves (Figure 1A).