pollicitation

noun
pol·​lic·​i·​ta·​tion | \ pəˌlisəˈtāshən \
plural -s

Definition of pollicitation

1 archaic : the action or result of promising : promise
2a Roman law : an offer unaccepted or informal promise not accepted by the promisee but made enforceable as to promise of dos by late legislation
b civil law : a promise or proposal not accepted : an unaccepted offer

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History and Etymology for pollicitation

Latin pollicitation-, pollicitatio, from pollicitatus (past participle of pollicitari to promise, from pollicitus, past participle of pollicēri to bid, offer, promise, from pol-, por- —akin to Latin per through—+ licēri to bid) + -ion-, -io -ion; akin to Latin licēre to be permitted, be for sale

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“Pollicitation.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pollicitation. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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