Promise

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Etymology

Middle English promis, from Latin promissum, from neuter of promissus, past participle of promittere to send forth, promise, from pro- forth + mittere to send


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Definitions

  • 1 a. a declaration that one will do or refrain from doing something specified
b. a legally binding declaration that gives the person to whom it is made a right to expect or to claim the performance or forbearance of a specified act
  • 2 : reason to expect something <little promise of relief>; especially : ground for expectation of success, improvement, or excellence <shows considerable promise>
  • 3 : something that is promised