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[prom-uh-sawr-ee, -sohr-ee] /ˈprɒm əˌsɔr i, -ˌsoʊr i/
containing or implying a promise.
of the nature of a promise.
Insurance. of or noting agreements or representations stipulating what is required to take place after the issuance of a policy.
Origin of promissory
1640-50; < Medieval Latin prōmissōrius. See promise, -tory1
Related forms
promissorily, adverb
nonpromissory, adjective Unabridged
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  • Draw up a promissory note and a repayment schedule with penalties.
  • He reviewed the disclosures during and after the application and combed through the promissory notes the lenders provided.
  • promissory notes are a form of debt that companies sometimes use to raise money.
  • Escrow process involving the funding of the loan or the pur chase of the promissory note.
  • Failure to repay a loan according to the terms agreed to when you signed a promissory note.
British Dictionary definitions for promissory


containing, relating to, or having the nature of a promise
(insurance) stipulating how the provisions of an insurance contract will be fulfilled after it has been signed
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Word Origin and History for promissory

mid-15c., from Medieval Latin promissorius, from Latin promissus, past participle of promittere (see promise (n.)). Promissory note recorded by 1670s.

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