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preamble (n.)

"preliminary statement, introductory paragraph," late 14c., from Old French preambule (13c.) and directly from Medieval Latin preambulum, neuter adjective used as a noun, properly "preliminary," from Late Latin praeambulus "walking before," from Latin prae "before" (see pre-) + ambulare "to walk" (see amble (v.)).

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Definitions of preamble from WordNet
1
preamble (v.)
make a preliminary introduction, usually to a formal document;
2
preamble (n.)
a preliminary introduction to a statute or constitution (usually explaining its purpose);
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