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.
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breach of promise

n
(Law) law (formerly) failure to carry out one's promise to marry
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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.
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Back home, there's a welter of paternity and breach-of-promise writs.