Part of speech: noun
Origin: Late Middle English, unknown
The action of promising; a promise; a document conveying a promise.
Also Civil Law: a promise not yet formally accepted, and therefore in certain cases revocable.
Examples of Pollicitation in a sentence
"They formalized the agreement by signing a pollicitation."
"Their contract was hinged on a pollicitation."
Popularity Over Time
Pollicitation is a more formal word for a promise — specifically, the action of promising or a document describing a promise.
Did you Know?
Have you ever wondered where the pinky promise, a childhood form of pollicitation, came from? Perhaps the first pinky promises were made by Japanese schoolchildren and called "yubikiri," or "finger cut-off." The unbreakable oath has been adopted by children worldwide.