- The subject matter of a statute in contradistinction to the other parts of it, such as the preamble, the saving, and the proviso. The San Pedro (US) 2 Wheat 132, 4 L Ed 202. All that portion of a statute following the preamble–the whole scope of the enactment. McNeeley v South Penn Oil Co. 52 W Va 616, 44 SE 508.
Ballentine's law dictionary. Anderson, W.S.. 1998.