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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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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.
9m from the player despite the Dutch FA's ruling they did not have a precontract agreement with him when Boro made their move in January.
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.
CELTIC manager Gordon Strachan confirmed the precontract signing of Hibernian captain Gary Caldwell.
Phenylephrine was applied to precontract the rings, followed by cumulative addition of acetylcholine to obtain concentration--relaxation curves (Figure 1A).
The centers replace two facilities operated under precontract standards by other subcontractors.
We tested expense preference separately for the precontract and postcontract periods and compared expense preference parameters in the two periods.
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