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Related to premaritally: permanently


Taking place or existing before marriage.

pre·mar′i·tal·ly adv.


in a premarital manner
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While considered within the parameters of courtship, these norms nonetheless condoned--even codified through customs such as the singing of antiphonal love songs at festivals--young peoples' ardent pursuit of sexual contact premaritally.
In 24 families, carrier screening was performed premaritally or at the time of other pregnancy testing (e.
For women, those who didn't live-in before their first marriage were more likely to survive to the 20-year marriage mark than those who did live together premaritally (57 percent versus around 45 percent, respectively).
This great mixing of young adults spawned massive changes in sexual relations, ranging from a rise in the proportion of premaritally conceived pregnancies among whites and blacks alike to the emergence of egalitarian "companionate" marriages.
So, for example, Deuteronomy 22 considers the premarital adultery of an engaged woman a capital sex crime, but Calvin's sermon on the text insisted that the death penalty should apply equally to premaritally adulterous men (265).
Table 5, page 22, reveals "legitimated" or "shotgun" marriages, as a percentage of all premaritally conceived pregnancies for the years in question.