Although not actionable in most jurisdictions, it is a breach of a promise to marry another; in other words it is a broken engagement. It is a tort against the breaching party, traditionally the male, by the jilted bride or her family.
Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
A broken promise, usually to marry. No longer a valid claim, historically breach of promise was used to seek money damages when a fiancee--usually the intended groom--called off the wedding.
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:12 pm