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Conveying or implying a promise.‘statements that are promissory in nature’‘promissory words’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I should add that I do not consider the doctrine or promissory estoppel to apply in these circumstances.’
- ‘It is quite normal for both vendor and buyer to initially enter into a promissory contract which details the conditions of sale.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Once there is a genuine issue for trial regarding the validity of the Agreement, the promissory estoppel argument also fails.’
2archaic Indicative of something to come; full of promise.‘the glow of evening is promissory of the splendid days to come’
- ‘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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