illusory promise
illusory promise see promise

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

illusory promise
n.
A promise with such vague terms that it actually promises nothing because the person making it is allowed to choose whether or not to do the promised act and does not in fact agree to do anything.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


illusory promise
A promise that pledges nothing, because it is vague or because the promisor can choose whether or not to honor it. Such promises do not create contracts and are not legally binding.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


illusory promise
A statement that appears to assure a performance and form a contract but, when scrutinized, leaves to the speaker the choice of performance or nonperformance, which means that the speaker does not legally bind himself or herself to act.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


illusory promise
A statement that appears to assure a performance and form a contract but, when scrutinized, leaves to the speaker the choice of performance or nonperformance, which means that the speaker does not legally bind himself or herself to act.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

illusory promise
n.
   an agreement to do something that is so indefinite one cannot tell what is to be done or the performance is optional (usually because it is just a gesture and not a true agreement). Therefore, the other party need not perform or pay since he/she got nothing in what he/she may have thought was a contract.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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