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.
Too much, I am afraid; for what becomes of the moral, if our comfort springs from a breach of promise? for I ought not to have mentioned the subject.
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." It is in the petty details, not in the great results, that the interest of existence lies.
"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."
Civil legal aid became available in 1950, though with some areas exempt from scope, such as defamation (it was suggested in the House of Commons, "Scots people were so confident of the good repute in which they stood that they could afford to ignore those who maliciously attacked them") and actions for breach of promise of marriage.
In his article, he attacks the impending "scandal" as a "clear breach of promise - a manifesto broken, a pledge discarded, by a sleight of hand where, worst of all, the Government is denying responsibility for a decision that they promised would not be made".
He attacks the impending "scandal" as a "clear breach of promise - a manifesto broken and worst of all, the Government is denying responsibility for a decision it promised would not be made".
Returning to your letter, I consider this latest impediment to be a breach of promise on both the convergence review and the failure to provide the advice.
1 Clear breach of promise The 2017 Tory manifesto states the free TV licence would be kept for the duration of this Parliament, running to 2022.