Definition of preamble
1 : an introductory statement; especially : the introductory part of a constitution or statute that usually states the reasons for and intent of the law
2 : an introductory fact or circumstance; especially : one indicating what is to follow
Examples of preamble in a Sentence
The preamble to the U.S. Constitution begins by saying “We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, …”.
His early travels were just a preamble to his later adventures.
Recent Examples of preamble from the Web
Elsewhere, as part of Snap’s Cannes preamble, the company launched a Certified Partners Program, which will see third-party agencies get Snapchat-qualified and then give hands-on training and support to marketers.
Merkel introduced the nuclear-fuel tax in January 2011 with the blunt reasoning -- stated in the bill’s preamble -- that the government needed the money after boosting spending during the financial crisis of 2008-2009.
The opening rounds have had the tone of an extended preamble, the Warriors’ and Cavs’ stars going through a month-and-a-half warm-up routine against negligible opposition.
The piece spells out the opening words to the preamble of the US Constitution in shoelaces.
And Sam Gold’s direction, very cast-supportive, reminded me of Rebecca Taichman’s vision for the Adjmi play, down to the swiftness with which the lines were spoken and the way scenes sometimes began with little preamble.
The disk contains the preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 327 languages and basic vocabulary lists for 719 languages.
The play begins, without preamble, in midchatter, as members of the Wolves, a suburban soccer team, do warm-up stretches on a green, green field of AstroTurf.
In a 12-minute movie preamble, Tully, played by actor Barry Primus, has a scuffle in a bar with his longtime nemesis, the moon's sheriff, played by Ned Beatty.
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Origin and Etymology of preamble
Middle English, from Middle French preambule, from Medieval Latin preambulum, from Late Latin, neuter of praeambulus walking in front of, from Latin prae- + ambulare to walk
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
PREAMBLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of preamble for English Language Learners
: a statement that is made at the beginning of something (such as a legal document) and usually gives the reasons for the parts that follow
: something that comes before and leads to something else
PREAMBLE Defined for Kids
Definition of preamble for Students
: an introduction (as to a law) that often gives the reasons for what follows
Legal Definition of preamble
: an introductory statement (as to a contract); especially : the introductory part of a constitution or statute that usually states the reasons for and intent of the law
Additional Notes on preamble
While preambles do not state law and therefore are not judicially enforceable, they are used to determine legislative intent when interpreting statutes.
Origin and Etymology of preamble
Middle French preambule, from Medieval Latin preambulum, from Late Latin, neuter of preambulus walking in front of, from Latin prae- + ambulare to walk
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