promissory estoppel


promissory estoppel
A new name for an established doctrine. The principle that an estoppel may arise from the making of a promise, even though without consideration, if it was intended that the promise should be relied upon and in fact it was relied upon, and if a refusal to enforce it would be virtually to sanction the perpetration of fraud or would result in other injustice. 28 Am J2d Estop § 48. A promise which the promisor should reasonably expect to induce action or forbearance of a definite and substantial character on the part of the promisee and which does induce such action or forbearance is binding if injustice can be avoided only by the enforcement of the promise. Fried v Fisher, 328 Pa 497, 196 A 39, 115 ALR 147.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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