Preamble to the Constitution

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Preamble to the Constitution [(pree-am-buhl, pree-am-buhl)]

A statement attached to the beginning of the Constitution by the Constitutional Convention, declaring the purpose of the document. It reads: “We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

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