preamble

  

Definition

Introductory part (recital) of a bill, constitution, or statute that sets out in detail the underlying facts and assumptions, and explains its intent and objectives. Its objective is to clarify the meaning or purpose of the operative part of the text in case of an ambiguity or dispute. However, preamble prevails only where it provides a clear and definite interpretation whereas the meaning of the enacting words is indefinite or unclear.

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  • The preamble of the constitution is for the most part the only part that most people know, as many public schools require that they memorize it.

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  • The senator started the meeting by reading the short preamble to the bill that he was there to get passed into law.

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  • The bill had to be presented in short order for an upcoming vote yet, not before the entire preamble had been rewritten and reworded.

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