breach of promise

noun phrase

Definition of breach of promise

: violation of a promise especially to marry

First Known Use of breach of promise

1601, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of breach of promise was in 1601

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“Breach of promise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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