breach of promise


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breach of promise

n. Law
A ground for a lawsuit, now seldom available, against a man who reneges on an agreement to marry.

breach of promise

n
(Law) law (formerly) failure to carry out one's promise to marry

breach′ of prom′ise


n.
Law.
a violation of one's promise, esp. the promise of a man to marry a specific woman.
[1580–90]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.breach of promise - failure to keep a promise (of marriage)
breach of contract - a breach of a legal duty; failure to do something that is required in a contract
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It was the report of a trial for breach of promise of marriage, giving the testimony in full, with fervid extracts from both the gentleman's and lady's amatory correspondence.
He relates to us all the various steps by which his office-boy rose to be the "ruler of the queen's navee," and explains to us how the briefless barrister managed to become a great and good judge, "ready to try this breach of promise of marriage.
There is no dishonour, no breach of promise, no desertion in the case.
Martha Bardell to commence an action against you for a breach of promise of marriage, for which the plaintiff lays her damages at fifteen hundred pounds, we beg to inform you that a writ has been issued against you in this suit in the Court of Common Pleas; and request to know, by return of post, the name of your attorney in London, who will accept service thereof.
Miss Rugg was a lady of a little property which she had acquired, together with much distinction in the neighbourhood, by having her heart severely lacerated and her feelings mangled by a middle-aged baker resident in the vicinity, against whom she had, by the agency of Mr Rugg, found it necessary to proceed at law to recover damages for a breach of promise of marriage.
I cannot say that I do unless it were that he wished to be able to deny his signature if an action for breach of promise were instituted.
Now the present government has appointed another one against this post which he termed sheer injustice and breach of promise and demanded of the government to honour the promise made with him.
MISS Lily Eyton Jones, a Liverpool music-hall artiste professionally known as Lily Eyton, of Bolsover Street, London, today, in the King's Bench Division, sued Captain Edward Ludlow Porter for damages and breach of promise of marriage.
Breach of promise, they called it in Victorian times, when a man refused to do the wedding waltz with his bride.
Biblical callers can never be sued for breach of promise.
According to Courthouse News, Cooper then sued him for fraud and breach of promise to marry, claiming she quit her job took child-rearing responsibilities expecting that he would marry her.