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Noun: preamble  'pree,am-bul
  1. A preliminary introduction to a statute or constitution (usually explaining its purpose)
Verb: preamble  'pree,am-bul
  1. Make a preliminary introduction, usually to a formal document

Derived forms: preambled, preambles, preambling

Type of: introduce, introduction, precede, preface, premise

Part of: document, papers, written document

Encyclopedia: Preamble