Definition of premarital in US English:

premarital

adjective

  • Occurring or existing before marriage.

    ‘premarital sex’
    • ‘Sexual activity outside the marriage and premarital pregnancy rates were on the rise as well.’
    • ‘Also, the younger and more educated the couples were, the more likely it was that they had had premarital sex.’
    • ‘Screening was included as part of existing mandatory premarital blood tests.’
    • ‘I told her I didn't believe in premarital sex, but she really didn't care.’
    • ‘Consistent with changes in attitude toward premarital sex, researchers found a decrease in sexual guilt among young people of both genders.’
    • ‘So she did not seem to be as concerned about the premarital agreement, and somehow had felt perhaps it would benefit her more than him, which did not turn out to be the case.’
    • ‘After the 1960s, the proportion of young people engaging in premarital sex rose dramatically.’
    • ‘This book attempts to capture the paradoxes of marriage and to enhance premarital and remarital counseling.’
    • ‘Those who seek to justify premarital sex find it difficult to explain what marriage means, and what difference it makes to marry.’

Pronunciation

premarital

/priˈmɛrədl//prēˈmerədl/