promissory estoppel

noun

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Common law systems

Definitions of promissory estoppel

  • the common law principle that a person cannot withdraw a promise made to someone if that person has reasonably relied on it and acted on it to their cost

    By giving up his position at Virginia Tech, Salaita gave up a job in which he had academic freedom; thus, recognition of his promissory estoppel claim should mean that Illinois must afford him academic freedom.

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