breach of promise


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breach of promise

n. historically the dumping of a female fiancee by her intended husband after he had proposed marriage and she had accepted. She was entitled to file a suit for damages for the embarrassment of the broken engagement. Such lawsuits were gradually outlawed in various states and no longer exist. (See: breach)

See: dishonor, disloyalty, infidelity, infraction, nonpayment, nonperformance

breach of promise

(formerly) failure to carry out one's promise to marry. In Scots law and other civilian jurisdictions, breach of a unilateral promise maybe actionable, absent consideration or estoppel.
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The argument is simply that the efficiency properties of pay-or-perform make it a more useful term for most parties than perform-no-matter-what, that it is therefore reasonable to imply it as a default rule in ordinary contracts, and most importantly, that if parties include a pay-or-perform term in their contracts, whether explicitly or implicitly, it is not a breach of promise when it is exercised.
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Fitch thus concludes that a yield cut to 3% ''may ultimately represent the least-bad scenario for many policyholders,'' while representing ''a clear breach of promise and constituting a default for credit-rating purposes.