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breach of promise


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Failure to fulfill a promise, especially a promise to marry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A former tort in common law where a man withdraws an earlier promise to marry a woman.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. violation of one's plighted word, esp. of a promise to marry.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. failure to keep a promise (of marriage)


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  • J. Christoph was sued for breach of promise by a girl whom he said he had discussed matrimony with and exchanged rings with, but tired of.

    The Love Affairs of Great Musicians

  • Yet in such circumstances the woman who has been left in the lurch is supposed to suffer, quite apart from the damage to her affection, a sort of moral damage and disgrace from the heartlessness or fickleness of another person – the man to whom she has been engaged; and this moral damage is, I believe, taken into account in actions for breach of promise of marriage (where there is no question of seduction).

    Marriage as a Trade

  • "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."

    Sole Music


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