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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