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PREAMBLE

A clause at the beginning of a constitution or statute explaining the reasons for its enactment and the objectives it seeks to attain.

Generally a preamble is a declaration by the legislature of the reasons for the passage of the statute, and it aids in the interpretation of any ambiguities within the statute to which it is prefixed. It has been held, however, that a preamble is not an essential part of an act, and it neither enlarges nor confers powers.

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pre·am·ble / ˈprēˌambəl/ • n. a preliminary or preparatory statement; an introduction: what she said was by way of a preamble | I gave him the bad news without preamble. ∎  Law the introductory part of a statute or deed, stating its purpose, aims, and justification. DERIVATIVES: pre·am·bu·lar / prēˈambyələr/ adj. ( formal ).

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preamble XIV. — (O)F. préambule — medL. præambulum, sb. use of n. sg. of præambulus going before, in medL. preliminary, f. præ- PRE- + stem of ambulāre walk; see AMBLE.

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