Definition of prenuptial in English:

prenuptial

adjective

  • 1Existing or occurring before marriage.

    ‘prenuptial pregnancy’
    • ‘The wrangling over the contract details - the couple took two years after announcing their engagement to hammer out their prenuptial - will probably turn out to be worthwhile.’
    • ‘Abdullah said prenuptial courses given by the government's Islamic Development Department provide enough good advice to last a lifetime.’
    • ‘Of course, their road to wedded bliss has been blocked with minor annoyances - criticisms of the May-December romance, prenuptial madness, new babies, etc.’
    • ‘For some brides, prenuptial nightmares are a normal part of the wedding preparation.’
    • ‘The wedding couples get head-to-toe prenuptial treatment and a special honeymoon package.’
    • ‘The accusations could involve prenuptial relations, bridal pregnancy, adultery and severe maltreatment of wives and husbands also.’
    • ‘She had offered to sign a prenuptial before the wedding and Dane had scoffed at the suggestion, refusing to even draw one up.’
    • ‘The courts are also likely to be influenced by another English judgment relating to prenuptial contracts.’
    • ‘One, who was 74 years old, had had a routine prenuptial test in the United States.’
    • ‘In Texas, unless you and your husband have signed a marital property agreement, like a prenuptial, all of your wages are classified as community property.’
    • ‘Thorough due diligence is required as part of the prenuptial process so that unforeseen skeletons in closets are discovered before, not after, marriage.’
    • ‘The government refused to approve yesterday's civil union at City Hall because it said the couple had given ‘incorrect’ information during the prenuptial vetting process.’
    1. 1.1Zoology Existing or occurring before mating.
      • ‘Finally, the honey buzzards, young griffon vultures and hobbies mark the end of the spring or prenuptial migration, around the end of June.’
      • ‘Just let me show you a male and a female worm in a prenuptial mating display.’

Pronunciation

prenuptial

/priːˈnʌpʃ(ə)l/