A breach of promise
Meanings of "A breach of promise"
A breach of promise means that someone is breaking (a promise), not complying with something they agreed to do. Particularly under an oral or written contract.
A breach of promise/contract to marry; Once of greater importance it meant that engagement to marry and the consequent dowry promised was a binding contract. Today that role is lessened. Now it is a more figurative term. Stressing the seriousness of the bond between the two people.
A breach of promise is a legal component of civil (tort) law. It is part of the contractual agreement process. Failure to deliver, to do goods or services would constitute, be a breach of promise.
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