pre·am·ble /'prē-ˌam-bəl, prē-'am-/ n [Middle French preambule, from Medieval Latin preambulum, from Late Latin, neuter of preambulus walking in front of, from Latin prae- + ambulare to walk]: an introductory statement (as to a contract); esp: the introductory part of a constitution or statute that usu. states the reasons for and intent of the law
◇ While preambles do not state law and therefore are not judicially enforceable, they are used to determine legislative intent when interpreting statutes.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun beginning, exordium, foreword, foundation, introduction, introductory part, introductory statement, lead, opening, preface, prefatory note, prelude, prelusion, proem, prolegomenon, prologue associated concepts: preamble to a constitution II index overture, preface (noun), preface (verb), prelude, threshold (commencement)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

An introductory statement; an introductory section of a statute, constitution, etc., that explains the reason for its creation and the objects it is meant to achieve.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

the preliminary part of a document, legislation, a contract or a treaty, usually setting out what it is all about or why it has been prepared, specially used of an Act of Parliament where Parliament expresses the general purposes of the piece of legislation: Att. Gen. v. Prince Earnest Augustus of Hanover [1957] 1 All ER 842. It can be referred to for the purposes of statutory interpretation.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

n. An opening statement in a document that declares the document's purpose. It is commonly found at the beginning of a constitution, statute, or other legal document.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

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

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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  • Preamble — Pre am ble, v. t. & i. To make a preamble to; to preface; to serve as a preamble. [R.] Feltham. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • preamble — (n.) late 14c., from O.Fr. preambule (13c.), from M.L. preambulum, neuter adjective used as a noun, properly preliminary, from L.L. praeambulus walking before, from L. prae before (see PRE (Cf. pre )) + ambulare to walk (see AMBLE (Cf. amble)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • preamble — *introduction, prologue, prelude, preface, foreword, exordium …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • preamble — ► NOUN ▪ a preliminary statement; an introduction. ORIGIN Old French preambule, from Latin praeambulus going before …   English terms dictionary

  • preamble — [prē′am΄bəl, prē am′bəl] n. [ME < MFr preambule < ML praeambulum, neut. of LL praeambulus, going before < L praeambulare, to precede < prae , before + ambulare, to go: see AMBLE] 1. an introduction, esp. one to a constitution, statute …   English World dictionary

  • Preamble — A preamble is an introductory statement in a document that explains the document s purpose and underlying philosophy. When applied to the opening paragraphs of a statute, it may recite historical facts pertinent to the subject of the statute. It… …   Wikipedia

  • preamble — UK [prɪˈæmb(ə)l] / US noun [countable] Word forms preamble : singular preamble plural preamble formal 1) an introduction to a document, speech, or report explaining its purpose 2) something that happens or comes before something else The fighting …   English dictionary

  • preamble — A prefatory statement most aptly illustrated by the fifty two words at the beginning of the Constitution of the United States. A clause in a statute, following the title and preceding the enacting clause, explanatory of the reasons for the… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • preamble — pre|am|ble [priˈæmbəl US ˈpri:æmbəl] n [U and C] [Date: 1300 1400; : French; Origin: préambule, from Late Latin praeambulus walking in front ] formal a statement at the beginning of a book, document, or talk, explaining what it is about preamble… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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