Causa matrimonii praelocuti

CAUSA MATRIMONII PRAELOCUTI, Engl. law. An obsolete writ, which lies when a woman gives land to a man in fee simple, or for a less estate, to the intent that he should marry her and he refuses upon request. New. Nat. Bre. 455.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.