Recitals (in the context of contracts)

Phrases leading up to the body of a deed, i.e. its operative part. They usually set out some of the background facts against which the deed is made and provide context as to what the contract is about, who the parties are, and why the contract is being signed.

Recitals can prove a convenient tool by which to interpret the parties’ intentions, should a dispute ever arise, however, they are not independently legally binding.