breach of promise

noun Law.
a violation of one's promise, especially of a promise to marry a specific person.

Origin:
1580–90

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

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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.
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