Breach Of Promise Meaning
(law) A tort in common law arising when a man withdraws an earlier promise to marry a woman; abolished in many jurisdictions.
Example: Used other than as an idiom: see breach,â€Ž promise.
1839, Hugh Davey Evans, Maryland Common Law Practice, page 142,
In all such cases, the wrongful act, is the refusal to pay the money, according to promise; and this breach of promise, is laid in what is called the common breach or conclusion, at the end of the whole declaration.
1828, Scotland Court of Session, Session Cases: Cases Decided in the Court of Session, Volume 6, page 416,
But suppose an agreement to marry made by a man in Scotland with a minor lady in England, would we decern for damages for breach of promise in such a case?
1998, John Langer, Tabloid Television: Popular Journalism and the â€˜Other Newsâ€™, page 97,
A â€˜breach of promiseâ€™ case being 'played out in the courts' was covered over three consecutive days and given substantial prominence especially on the commercial channels' bulletins (this was the last â€˜breach of promise caseâ€™ in the state of Victoria, which may account for the sustained coverage).
2013, Mark E. Kann, Taming Passion for the Public Good: Policing Sex in the Early Republic, page 118,
Nevertheless, pointing a finger at young men and punishing them with breach-of-promise lawsuits did little to address the problem of fallen women.