Gratuitous promise

This is when a promise is given with no obligation or consideration in return.

In English law each party must agree to give something in return for what they gain from the other person.  The agreement is not usually considered to be enforceable unless it is supported by a consideration, the consideration is generally an object or a service and may be in the form of a promise. To enforce someone's promise or agreement it is necessary to prove that you gave something in return for that promise.

A gratuitous promise is not supported by a consideration, for instance if you offer to give something without asking for anything in return.  A gratuitous promise is not generally enforceable in law.

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