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.
In further cross-examination the complainant refused to answer questions relating to the love affair, and said she intended to bring an notion against young Norton for breach of promise.
Opera North's decision to re-set the piece to the 1930s allowed Angelina, suing her fiancee for breach of promise of marriage, to become a flirtatious film star.
The issue (US recent move) reveals a contradiction between text and spirit of the JCPOA, the Iranian Parliament and government will give a firm response to the breach of promise through the Supervisory Committee," Head of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said.
Iran has remained and will remain committed to the deal, though any breach of promise by other parties will receive appropriate responses.
Whether husbands admit it, say so, or not, most would prefer if their wives didn't stray too far from their premarital weight, or they might feel some kind of breach of promise.