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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)
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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REPORT ON BREACH OF PROMISE OF MARRIAGE
25 (1983); MANITOBA LAW REFORM COMM'N, REPORT ON BREACH OF PROMISE TO MARRY 23-24 (1984).
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 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?