Definition of promissory in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈprɒmɪs(ə)ri/


1chiefly Law Conveying or implying a promise: statements that are promissory in nature promissory words
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  • Once there is a genuine issue for trial regarding the validity of the Agreement, the promissory estoppel argument also fails.
  • A party relying on the doctrine of promissory estoppel must establish that the other has by word or conduct made a promise intended to affect their legal relationship and to be acted upon.
  • The promissory estoppel is my argument with the High Court and I feel that the Full Court overlooked it because they constantly said to us that it was a compromised offer.
2 archaic Indicative of something to come; full of promise: the glow of evening is promissory of the splendid days to come
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  • As early as the play's first scene, Shakespeare links promissory language to violence.


Late Middle English: from medieval Latin promissorius, from promiss- 'promised', from the verb promittere (see promise).

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