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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But in litigation over breach of promise for payment of damages, it was possible that she might claim to have been engaged to a more promising man.
He represented the soccer star in 1969 when he was sued by a 21-year-old Danish au pair for breach of promise.
It baffles us why the world soccer's governing body should publicly raise the issue in a breach of promise, hampering the otherwise smooth preparations for the quadrennial global sports festivity.
She countered his suit for annulment by charging him with fraud, breach of promise and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The plaintiffs alleged claims of breach of contract, breach of promise, and lost profits arising from contracts related to a yellow pages listings service.
Private messages and emails could be saved and become grounds for libel, defamation and actions for breach of private messages and emails could be saved and become grounds for libel, defamation and actions for breach of promise.
The pages include an advertisement for a six-cylinder Daimler, a section titled New York Prices, an article relating to the Boer War and a court story about a breach of promise of marriage.
But as the Prince dallies only with married ladies - safer that way, no breach of promise cases - Louisa is given a choice: get married and stick with Bertie, as he was known, or stay single and stay cooking.
ALLAN McGREGOR kept a clean sheet for Rangers yesterday when he defended Nikica Jelavic against a charge of suspect body language and denied the club's signing policy was a breach of promise.
The suit-claiming breach of promise to marry and deliberate infliction of emotional distress-seeks more than 95,000 dollars in damages plus costs of the lawsuit.
This may not have mattered so much to those already wellacquainted with Trial by Jury, a topsy-turvy tale of a breach of promise, but much of the comedy would have been lost on newcomers to the operetta.
But now one of the Victorian courtrooms is being brought back to life to try a very important case - breach of promise of marriage (who said pre-nups were new?