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

  • adj. Containing, involving, or having the nature of a promise.
  • adj. Indicating how the provisions of an insurance contract will be carried out after it has been signed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Containing or consisting of a promise.
  • adj. Stipulating the future actions required of the parties to an insurance policy or other business agreement.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Containing a promise or binding declaration of something to be done or forborne.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Containing a promise, or binding declaration of something to be done or forborne.

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

  • adj. relating to or having the character of a promise


Medieval Latin prōmissōrius, from Latin prōmissor, one who promises, from prōmissus, past participle of prōmittere, to promise; see promise.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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