breach of marriage promise
A common-law right of action for breaking a commitment to enter into matrimony.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


breach of marriage promise
A common-law right of action for breaking a commitment to enter into matrimony.

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  • breach — / brēch/ n 1 a: a violation in the performance of or a failure to perform an obligation created by a promise, duty, or law without excuse or justification breach of duty: a breach of a duty esp. by a fiduciary (as an agent or corporate officer)… …   Law dictionary

  • Breach of promise — is a former common law tort. From at least medieval times until the early 20th century, a man s promise of engagement to marry a woman was considered, in many jurisdictions, a legally binding contract. If the man were to subsequently change his… …   Wikipedia

  • marriage — mar·riage / mar ij/ n 1: the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a legal, consensual, and contractual relationship recognized and sanctioned by and dissolvable only by law see also divorce 2: the ceremony… …   Law dictionary

  • breach of promise — noun failure to keep a promise (of marriage) • Hypernyms: ↑breach of contract * * * : violation of one s plighted word, especially of a promise to marry * * * Law. a violation of one s promise, esp. of a promise to marry a specific person. [1580… …   Useful english dictionary

  • breach of promise — index dishonor (nonpayment), disloyalty, infidelity, infraction, nonperformance Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 20 …   Law dictionary

  • breach — The breaking or violating of a law, right, obligation, engagement, or duty, either by commission or omission. Exists where one party to contract fails to carry out term, promise, or condition of the contract Rights and remedies. Parts 6 and 7 of… …   Black's law dictionary

  • promise of marriage — An engagement of marriage to the promisee. As the words are used in the statutory offense of seduction under promise of marriage, the promise need not be expressed in any set form, or in any particular words. It is enough if language is used… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • breach of promise — Literally the failure to perform a promise, but known to the law and also to laymen as breach of promise of marriage. 12 Am J2d Breach P § 1 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • promise — A declaration which binds the person who makes it, either in honor, conscience, or law, to do or forbear a certain specific act, and which gives to the person to whom made a right to expect or claim the performance of some particular thing. A… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Marriage Act 1961 (Australia) — The Marriage Act 1961 is an Act of the Parliament of Australia which governs legal marriage in Australia. It does not deal with the legal dissolution of marriage (divorce). Marriage is a Commonwealth power under section 51(xxi) of the Australian… …   Wikipedia

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