• WordNet 3.6
    • adj promissory relating to or having the character of a promise "promissory note"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Promissory Containing a promise or binding declaration of something to be done or forborne.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • promissory Containing a promise, or binding declaration of something to be done or forborne.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Promissory containing a promise of some engagement to be fulfilled
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  • Edwin C. Bliss
    Edwin C. Bliss
    “Yesterday is a canceled check: Forget it. Tomorrow is a promissory note: Don't count on it. Today is ready cash: Use it!”
  • Kay Lyons
    Kay Lyons
    “Yesterday is a canceled check; tomorrow is a promissory note; today is the only cash you have; so spend it wisely.”
  • Hank Stram
    Hank Stram
    “Yesterday is a cancelled check. Today is cash on the line. Tomorrow is a promissory note.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. promesse—L. promissa, promittĕre, to send forward—pro, forward, mittĕre, to send.


In literature:

He brought messages contrite and promissory from Absalom; he brought commands stern and insistent.
"His "Day In Court"" by Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
The large imports of English goods, and the increase of promissory notes, alarmed several persons connected with trade.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
But you say that Jacob Patterson showed you a promissory note of Father's still in existence?
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The miller had loaned him the money believing that he was thereby securing a promissory note on Dorothea.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
When the oath usually represented as promissory is sworn, a covenant with God is thereby made.
"The Ordinance of Covenanting" by John Cunningham
And having given his promissory notes for said merchandise, Bill Saxby proudly hung his own sign-board over the door.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
The offer is accepted, and a document given promissory of rent and tithe.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
No sum beyond 400 pounds, at any one time, to be negotiated by promissory note or bill of exchange.
"A History of Horncastle from the earliest period to the present time" by James Conway Walter
I see we'll have to take your promissory note.
"Gold" by Stewart White
Where did you obtain these securities and these promissory notes, signed in the queen's name, which have been given to Boehmer?
"Maria Antoinette" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
Even rich people were living on credit, and issued promissory notes.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
Every promissory note is like every other.
"An Introduction to the Philosophy of Law" by Roscoe Pound
You will receive from Ricketts your father's promissory note.
"Lord Stranleigh Abroad" by Robert Barr
Will the Royal Salary touch L300 a year, and will it be paid regularly in cash, and not in promissory notes at uncertain intervals?
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 93. July 30, 1887" by Various
Because they are promissory notes.
"The Handbook of Conundrums" by Edith B. Ordway
An unpaid promissory note is an executory contract, when paid it becomes an executed one.
"Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman" by Albert Sidney Bolles
Then there is the promissory note, which would come under a different head.
"The Boy Pilot of the Lakes" by Frank V. Webster
The coquette is a woman who gives you a promissory note with a firm intention of dishonouring her signature.
"Her Royal Highness Woman" by Max O'Rell
He lived to see his own promissory notes rise, flourish, acquire interest, pine away at last, and finally outlaw.
"Cordwood" by Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye
My husband is a sort of promissory note; I am tired of meeting him.
"Miscellaneous Aphorisms; The Soul of Man" by Oscar Wilde

In poetry:

MY SOUL is raying like a star,
My heart is happier than a bird,
And all to hear through fortune’s jar
One promissory word.
"'Yes'" by Charles Harpur

In news:

The Womelsdorf Borough Council unanimously voted to sign the promissory notes to pay for new police and fire radios.
Bank goes after borrower for payments on promissory note.
Lehman Brothers Cited For Repo 105 In Promissory Note Case.
Ireland's Promissory Notes: An Updated Primer.
Where plaintiff trustees have sued the defendant on a promissory note, the dismissal of a prior suit on the same note in New York on statute of limitations grounds precludes the claim from being brought here.
Real Property – Bank could foreclose despite missing promissory note.
Contract – Promissory Note – Joint And Several Liability.
Sue over promissory notes infomercials.
Colorado and federal officials are suing a company that runs infomercials offering to teach people how make money in the promissory notes business.
Perkins Loan Master Promissory Note.
The Department of Education published a notice in the Federal Register requesting comments on the proposed Federal Perkins Loan Program Master Promissory Note (MPN).
Bank goes after borrower for payments on promissory note .
Perkins Loan Master Promissory Note .
The scheme involved people loaning money to Vaughan in exchange for promissory notes that carried high interest rates.
Suzanne Barlyn answers questions about getting products on store shelves, selling a promissory note and haggling.

In science:

Given that these test specifications are predicates of first-order logic and Zermelo-Fraenkel set theory, SMT solvers looked as promissory tools to solve this problem.
Applying SMT Solvers to the Test Template Framework
Due to the above-mentioned advantages the nonequilibrium critical dynamics within the short-time regime is a promissory tool for the study of continuous phase transitions on fractal substrates.
Topological Effects caused by the Fractal Substrate on the Nonequilibrium Critical Behavior of the Ising Magnet