pollicitatio

pollicitatio

in the Scots law of contract, not strictly a contract at all but a unilateral gratuitous obligation. Thus, rewards, options and undertakings can all be legally binding in Scotland without the need for an acceptance nor for consideration.
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(33) This definition of a contract enabled a clear distinction to be drawn between a contract and a mere non-binding, unilateral promise or pollicitatio. Nineteenth-century common lawyers, especially Anson, found the "offer and acceptance" formula attractive to solve problems in the common law on when a contract is established.