preamble n[Middle French preambule , from Medieval Latin preambulum , from Late Latin, neuter of preambulus walking in front of, from Latin prae- + ambulare to walk]
: an introductory statement (as to a contract)
: the introductory part of a constitution or statute that usually states the reasons for and intent of the law NOTE: While preambles do not state law and therefore are not judicially enforceable, they are used to determine legislative intent when interpreting statutes.
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.