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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Faithless lovers and failed breach-of-promise cases often left "lost" women alienated from their families and destitute.
Lawsuits brought after the reform period still concerned broken engagements, but most of these cases differed in several important respects from paradigmatic breach-of-promise cases.
Back home, there's a welter of paternity and breach-of-promise writs.