breach of promise

noun Law.

a violation of one's promise, especially of a promise to marry a specific person.

Origin of breach of promise

First recorded in 1580–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for breach of promise

Historical Examples of breach of promise

  • A girl with money like you is just the subject for a breach-of-promise case.

    A Crooked Path

    Mrs. Alexander

  • In a nebulous kind of way he began to understand that the girl had come to consult the firm about a breach-of-promise action.

    The Girl on the Boat

    Pelham Grenville Wodehouse

  • She even hinted once—only once, but it was enough—at a breach-of-promise suit and damages.

    The Rescue

    Anne Douglas Sedgwick

  • And theyd all bring lawsuits and breach-of-promise acts against me, because I did let them the rooms.

    Twos and Threes

    G. B. Stern

  • He appeared to have reached high pressure or breach-of-promise point with some inmate of every cottage on the road.

British Dictionary definitions for breach of promise

breach of promise


law (formerly) failure to carry out one's promise to marry
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