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Is there ever an excuse for breaking a promise?

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We've probably all done it at one time or another; broken a promise, but is it ever alright to do so?

In what circumstances might it be OK to break a promise?

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Providing that the promise is legal and the promise maker is of age, then yes, it's OK to break a promise.
If an emerging situation is a matter of life and death. Or, if circumstances change to point where fulfilling that promise would prove detrimental to either parties or a third party. In these cases I would say it is OK to break a promise. However, steps should be taken to appease the promised party.
Promises are important to me and should be made with a degree of seriousness. Given that I may break a promise if circumstances meant someone would be harmed in some way by the keeping of it.
Yes, there is sometimes a reason for breaking a promise.

Things happen to put it politely, and sometimes through no fault of your own, it is just impossible to keep a promise made with sincerity.

Someone could become sick, you could feel sick, situations could change -there are any number of things that could happen and you would have to break a promise.

Whilst they are important to me, I recognise that occasionally someone will not be able to keep their promise and this cannot be helped usually.
by Finy
It just depends on the situation

Someone who meant much to you, has died. End of.
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