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breach of promise

Law (formerly) failure to carry out one's promise to marry
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Lawsuits brought after the reform period still concerned broken engagements, but most of these cases differed in several important respects from paradigmatic breach-of-promise cases.
She argues that the abolition of breach-of-promise actions led women to seek other signs of commitment from men before consenting to premarital intercourse.
It was for these sorts of reasons that England and two Canadian territories rejected proposals resembling Williams's when they reformed their breach-of-promise laws to eliminate heartbalm actions.