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1A preliminary or preparatory statement; an introduction.‘he could tell that what she said was by way of a preamble’mass noun ‘I gave him the bad news without preamble’
introduction, opening, opening remarks, prefatory remarks, formalitiesView synonyms
- ‘The mild tremors that shook Chennai residents from their Sunday morning slumber was just a preamble to the tragedy that lay in store.’
- ‘This is unexpected because the reader is lured into devastating news by a long preamble that seems absorbed with French manners, salon gossip and where to find a good chef.’
- ‘The best bits were the preamble and the question and answer session after the main performance.’
- ‘Without preamble, she offered both of us some.’
- ‘I am sure the member was going to raise a point of order about the preamble.’
- ‘It promises to be an attractive spectacle at Lansdowne Road, and the preamble shouldn't be too bad either.’
- ‘And yet we have no knowledge of how war this time around might look; only that the soft preamble is somehow more menacing than sabre-rattling.’
- ‘After a pleasant preamble by a stream, a strenuous uphill section over rough lava flows brings you to the South Crater.’
- ‘Without preamble, the soldiers drew up and shot them.’
- ‘They shouldn't be for decoration either - these values - they're not just a preamble to the policy statements.’
- ‘Skinny, vampy and a little scary in a mirrored slip that resembles chain mail, she obviously favours action over dialogue; there are no dedications or scene-setting preambles.’
- ‘Not one for polite preambles, she got right to the point-our aunt Sophie had developed critical heart and lung problems.’
- ‘Firstly, the verbal preambles to nearly all of his songs seemed very long and involved - a shortcoming of many singer/song-writers.’
- ‘He responds with a careful preamble about the refined admissions process Oxford has put in place.’
- ‘You tell the story of the play because in the preamble there's a wonderful description of the night the play was put on, the politics around that.’
- ‘Such a preamble to your kind of news is a strong statement that you are not up for any ‘discussion.’’
- ‘OK, I'll come out with it straight away, no preamble, no pithy introduction, no amusing anecdote of how the waiter looked like Woody Allen.’
- ‘I went last night as well - it was supposed to be a preamble to going clubbing, but I was exhausted from having been up all night writing reviews for the BBC.’
- ‘He went into a long preamble before he actually told them, but that's the case.’
- ‘The compilations always, without question, included his preamble to the track and his following comments.’
- 1.1Law The introductory part of a statute or deed, stating its purpose, aims, and justification.
introduction, opening remarks, preliminary remarks, preparatory remarks, opening statement, preliminary statement, preparatory statement, preliminaries, preface, lead-in, overture, prologueView synonyms
- ‘The relevant text of the preamble to Chapter 6 and of paragraph 6.2 should therefore be amended to read as follows.’
- ‘The Borrower undertakes with the Lender to use each Advance for the purposes stated in the preamble to this Agreement.’
- ‘The constituent document of the Organization of American States refers to the fundamental rights of man in its preamble and various Articles thereafter.’
- ‘The peculiarities of the motor vehicle market are noted in the preamble to the Regulation.’
- ‘It is clear that the provisions of the preamble and of Article 1 of the charter which are claimed to be in conflict with the alien land law are not self-executing.’
Late Middle English: from Old French preambule, from medieval Latin praeambulum, from late Latin praeambulus ‘going before’.
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