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]
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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.
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.