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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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TEHRAN (FNA)- Russia's leading defense manufacturers will hold precontract talks and exhibit over 350 pieces of advanced military equipment at the 19th annual FIDAE International Air & Space Fair in Chile next week, Russian state arms manufacturer Rostec said Thursday.
Doyle has penned a precontract agreement with MLS side Colorado Rapids.
It is understood that Newcastle United have offered the winger a precontract with his deal at Marseille due to expire at the end of the season.
However, Morrison is in advanced talks with the Italians over joining them in July and he will agree a precontract with the club when the final details have been ironed out.
Dundee United |winger Gary MackaySteven has signed a precontract agreement with Celtic and he will join the Scottish champions this summer, the Parkhead club have announced.
PSG will make a precontract offer in January for Cole to join them on a free transfer at the end of the season.
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.
(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.
News that the 29- year old defender had been to The Riverside for medical checks suggested he was set to sign a precontract deal or move during the transfer window.