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Part of speech: noun

Origin: Latin, 14th century


A preliminary or preparatory statement; an introduction.


The introductory part of a statute or deed, stating its purpose, aims, and justification.

Examples of Preamble in a sentence

"I prepared a full preamble to explain my request for a raise, but my boss quickly approved."

"Even businesses have taken inspiration from the preamble to the U.S. Constitution to draft their bylaws and guidelines."

About Preamble

In a legal sense, a preamble is the introductory section, directly stating the goals and purposes of the document. But there's also a more casual sense of preamble. If you got into a fender bender with your dad's car, you might give a lengthy preamble to explain the circumstances.

Did you Know?

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union" — if you recognize these words, you're familiar with the preamble to the U.S. Constitution. The 52-word preamble introduces the seven articles and 27 amendments to the Constitution.

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