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breach of promise

Law (formerly) failure to carry out one's promise to marry
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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.(90) Brinig notes that the utility of the ring as collateral depends on whether the woman gets to keep it if the engagement ends, though she seems to assume that the dominant legal regime is fault-based.(91) Perhaps a general intuition that women needed some security against men who promised, seduced, and then abandoned them led women to look for symbols such as rings.
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.
Pickwick, the great advocate of heart over head, however, is not and never has been married, and in fact, he shows his greatest strength as a character in his struggle for justice in a breach-of-promise suit; while Mr.