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1 : factual matter presented by way of introduction or background to explain the principal allegations of a legal cause (as of slander or libel) compare innuendo
2 : a significant offer or act that promises or encourages [the s amounted to entrapment]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.