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preamble
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
a preliminary introduction to a speech, statute, or other writing — usually explaining its purpose

or more rarely:

anything that precedes something else
  • The preamble was felt to be rather long, and several besides Solomon shook their heads pathetically, looking on the ground: all eyes avoided meeting other eyes, and were chiefly fixed either on the spots in the table-cloth or on Mr. Standish's bald head; excepting Mary Garth's.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (12% in)

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