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breach of promise

noun, Law.
a violation of one's promise, especially of a promise to marry a specific person.
Origin of breach of promise
1580-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She had him arrested for breach of promise to marry.
  • Alienation of affections and breach of promise actions abolished.
  • Further, a jury could infer from this same breach of promise that the real reason was gender and disability based discrimination.
British Dictionary definitions for breach of promise

breach of promise

(law) (formerly) failure to carry out one's promise to marry
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