Promise of Marriage Law and Legal Definition

Promise of marriage is a betrothal or an engagement to be married. It is also termed as an agreement to marry, promise to marry or marriage promise.

It is a contract mutually entered into by a man and a woman capable of contracting matrimony, that they will marry each other. When one of the contracting parties violates his/her promise to the other, the latter may support an action against the former for damages. The canon law punished these breaches of promises by ecclesiastical censures.